Sec. Katie Hobbs says family, staff have received threats following election
Nov 18, 2020, 1:36 PM | Updated: 1:53 pm
(Facebook Photo/Katie Hobbs)
PHOENIX — Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Wednesday her family and staff have been the subjects of threats as unsubstantiated doubts rage on about the validity of the election.
Hobbs called on state leaders — notably Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey — to shoot down untrue rumors regarding Arizona’s election process.
Hobbs, a Democrat, and other Arizona elections officials have been fighting against waves of misinformation and increased vitriol from individuals — including elected officials — who don’t believe election results to be true.
Hobbs has called the election a rousing success and there has been no substantial evidence of voter fraud in Arizona.
“These actions are utterly abhorrent, especially when directed at my family and my staff,” Hobbs said in a statement.
“They are a symptom of a deeper problem in our state and country – the consistent and systematic undermining of trust in each other and our democratic process.”
Video obtained by ABC15 shows protestors outside of Hobbs’ home repeatedly asking for an audit of results.
Some Republican leaders have asked authorities to investigate allegations of election fraud.
The Arizona Republican Party on Monday asked a judge to bar Maricopa County from certifying its Nov. 3 election results, including Democrat Joe Biden’s win over President Donald Trump, until the court issues a decision about the party’s lawsuit seeking a new hand-count of a sampling of ballots.
“There are those, including the president, members of Congress and other elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took,” Hobbs said.
“It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences.”
Arizona voters cast more than 3.4 million votes in the general election, the most in state history.
“Now, I am calling on other leaders in this state, including the governor whose deafening silence has contributed to the growing unrest, to stand up for the truth,” Hobbs said.