ARIZONA NEWS

Couple in Mesa accuses group of filming, following them from drop box

Oct 20, 2022, 1:00 PM | Updated: 2:53 pm
(Maricopa County Elections Department Screenshot)...
(Maricopa County Elections Department Screenshot)
(Maricopa County Elections Department Screenshot)

PHOENIX — A couple from Mesa filed a complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office on Monday accusing a group of filming and following them from a drop box.

The husband said the group was at the Mesa Juvenile Court drop box, located near Baseline and McQueen roads, at about 6:40 p.m. Monday when they were dropping off their ballots, according to the complaint.

The group started filming and photographing the couple, accusing them of being mules, the complaint said.

The conduct continued after the ballots were dropped off.

The group took pictures of the couple’s license plate and followed them out of the parking lot while their cameras continued to roll, according to the complaint.

The SOS has talked to the voter, informed Maricopa County and referred the report to the DOJ and AG’s offices for further investigation.

No other information on the incident was immediately available.

Unfounded concerns about the security of drop boxes arose following the 2020 election, notably from movie “2000 Mules.”

Praised by former President Donald Trump as exposing “great election fraud,” the movie paints an ominous picture suggesting Democrat-aligned ballot “mules” were supposedly paid to illegally collect and drop off ballots in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

But that’s based on faulty assumptions, anonymous accounts and improper analysis of cellphone location data, which is not precise enough to confirm that somebody deposited a ballot into a drop box, according to experts.

Early voting in Arizona for the Nov. 8 midterm election began Oct. 12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

The Colorado River flows by the historic Navajo Bridge on June 23, 2021 in Marble Canyon, Arizona. ...
Associated Press

Emails reveal serious tensions in Colorado River talks

Competing priorities, outsized demands and the federal government's retreat from a threatened deadline stymied a deal last summer on how to drastically reduce water use from the parched Colorado River.
13 hours ago
(Silver Sky Development Photo)...
KTAR.com

Developer plans new luxury home community in Paradise Valley

A local luxury home developer is planning to build a new community in Paradise Valley at the base of Mummy Mountain.
13 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department )...
KTAR.com

Two Valley men killed in separate shootings on Saturday

Police are investigating two separate shootings that left two Valley men dead on Saturday.
13 hours ago
(Top Gun: Maverick Photo; The Fabelmans Photo)...
KTAR.com

Valley Harkins Theatres to show best picture nominees in March

From March 3-12, the Harkins Best Picture Film Fest will give Valley movie-goers chances to see the 10 films up for best picture.
13 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale says it saved more than 38 million gallons of water in 2022

Scottsdale said it saved more than 38 million gallons of water in 2022 after focusing on conservation due to worsening drought conditions.
13 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix shooting leaves man dead, person at scene detained

Officers responded to the area of 12th Street and Highland Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. to calls of a shooting.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Couple in Mesa accuses group of filming, following them from drop box