Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Gives Warning to Foreign Election Observers

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery put out a press release to tell foreigners to keep their distance from polling places on election day, consistent with state law.

That friendly reminder is in response to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe sending observers to watch the election process here in the States, including Arizona.

See also:
-Texas AG Greg Abbott Threatens to Press Charges Against European Election Monitors

As you can see in the link above, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott caused a stink last week -- and probably confirmed that Texas politicians hate Europeans -- saying, "UN poll watchers can't interfere w/ Texas elections. I'll bring criminal charges if needed."

Abbott's letter to the organization explained that the potential charges would be for getting too close to a polling place, which Montgomery is also warning foreigners about.

From his press release:

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery reminds representatives of international organizations interested in observing upcoming state and federal elections in Arizona that they must comply with state statutes that set forth the limitations on who may enter a polling place.

"While we certainly appreciate the interest from foreign citizens who want to observe our democracy in action, we must be mindful of the statutory guarantees that protect and facilitate our right to vote," remarked County Attorney Montgomery. "The law is very clear on public access to polling places and I encourage any guests from out of town to become familiar with it," he added.

The county attorney doesn't usually remind foreigners how laws work here in 'merica, but he's correct in stating that the law requires these observers to stay 75 feet away from polling places. Also, in case any English people come to town, we drive on the right side of the road. Canadians: drinking age is 21.

According to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's response to Abbott's letter, the organization always plays by the rules. It's also done this before -- the organization observed elections in the U.S. just two years ago, during the mid-term elections.



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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Arizona politics:  MCAO (joined at the hip with the MCSO) = AG = Governor.

 

Time to stop this troubled abuse of power trail that has dominated Arizona for decades.

 

Time for term limits for County Attorney and County Sheriff!

tromulus
tromulus

Has this guy taken over the AG spot now?  You know he wants to he considers AG Almost Governor.  I hope they drum him out of town soon.  He's getting too big for his diapers.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

When Arizona taxpayers foot the bill for the Governor to go to Europe and China for "new" business and trying to attract foreign tourists to the state then they have a right to inform themselves of what lies in Arizona. Full disclosure of its outdated, draconian laws are needed in all materials, tourist brochures, real estate and developer brochures, Chamber of Commerce brochures as well. 

 

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are needed to protect the people from our own government -- the war on our own people, while those like MCAO Montgomery / prosecutors are immune from prosecution. Unbalanced justice. Would welcome outside "foreign" (like our tourists) to Arizona.

 

This British film shows what those like the Governor, AG, County Attorneys, prison wardens and Director, County sheriffs and law enforcement do not want the public to see and know.

 

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

 

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

So Monty, are you going to keep True the Vote people out of the polls too??? Seems only fair..i mean, their mission is to try and limit dem votes...either let independent monitors in to observe, or get rid of these tea bags.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I guess the county attorney caught wind that the BBC will be in Phoenix during the election and he's afraid some of the tea baggers from Sand Land will be interviewed at the polls and exposed for who and what they really are. "Excuse me, sir. Did you vote today?" "Sure as hell did and I voted for the guy who gits rid of them illegal aliens!" "Seriously, sir, you voted for Kyrsten Sinema?"

 

The voter, wearing an expression of confusion, walks away muttering to himself, all the while scratching at his Planters.

 

Yep, I can see how them durn feriners could cause problems at the polls.

 

Really, Mr. County Attorney, you must have something better to do.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Foreigners have no business coming here to watch our elections just like we have no right to travel to their country and monitor theirs.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Montgomery is still brainwashed from four years at westpoint. peace

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Drama king creating moral panics... SOP to get votes and $$$'s. 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Just more button-pushing for the tea-bagger base.  The U.N. monitoring voting is 2012's version of the black helicoptors.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

What is it the numb nuts like Montypoodle and Sheriff Joke say?  Something like "If you got  nothing to hide, it shouldn't be an issue"

 

Is Montypoodle afraid that they will catch Joke's trained monkeys stuffing the ballot box with Go Joke ballots?  Flakes for Flake ballots?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @tromulus MCAO Montgomery acts as if Andrew Thomas / Lisa Aubuchon / Rachel Alexander never existed. He has chosen to sweep their over 200,000 felony cases under the rug. They demand investigation for abuse of power, convicting the innocent, over-charging, over-sentencing, wrongful imprisonment and much, much more. The "ordinary" citizens have been forgotten while the prominent judges, officials, lawyers and newspaper executives got full attention and should receive huge legal settlements.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @tromulus The "little, big" man has a Napoleon complex. Comes into the public meetings with his male entourage -- a show of force and power -- like the military against its own people who pay his salary, along with his henchmen.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @david_saint01 

 

Someone should call Monty and ask that exact question to get his response.

 

I bet it would be a whopper

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @david_saint01

Great point.  As True the Vote expands its voter supression efforts, remember that voter intimidation is a crime in Arizona: 

 

16-1013. Coercion or intimidation of elector; classification

 

A. It is unlawful for a person knowingly:

 

1. Directly or indirectly, to make use of force, violence or restraint, or to inflict or threaten infliction, by himself or through any other person, of any injury, damage, harm or loss, or in any manner to practice intimidation upon or against any person, in order to induce or compel such person to vote or refrain from voting for a particular person or measure at any election provided by law, or on account of such person having voted or refrained from voting at an election.

 

2. By abduction, duress or any forcible or fraudulent device or contrivance whatever, to impede, prevent or otherwise interfere with the free exercise of the elective franchise of any voter, or to compel, induce or to prevail upon a voter either to cast or refrain from casting his vote at an election, or to cast or refrain from casting his vote for any particular person or measure at an election.

 

B. A person, whether acting in his individual capacity or as an officer or agent of a corporation, who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @Tommy_Collins Monty does have something better to do.

 

He is the Old Fool's lapdog, so he is laying in the Geriatric Geezer's lap and getting his ears scratched.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan tell that to our government, we are over there MONITERING theirs, not observing like they will be doing

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan but we do go there and monitor theirs, so them coming here to OBSERVE (not monitor you idiot) should not be a problem. and lastly, if theres nothing to hide, whats wrong with them observing how we do it? just like you always cry about Arpaio...."if we are doing nothing wrong, there shouldnt be a problem" so explain that one one away, what are you trying to hide that you dont want people to see how we are doing things? 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions People against Voter ID laws are the same people who want to violate our laws.  Otherwise why would they care? 

 

But the real fact is that we must have those voter ID laws in place to prevent even one bad vote. 

 

If there shouldn't be a voter ID law then I shouldn't be required to show ID to cash a check.  Simply declaring that I am the person the check was made out to should be enough.

 

I am over 21 but if I were not and I wanted to buy beer, I shouldn't have to show ID to prove my age to the clerk.  My simply saying I am at least 21 should be enough.

 

And if there should be no voter ID laws, when I fly out of Sky Harbor I shouldn't have to show ID to TSA.  And if I decide to go spend the weekend in Mexico, when I return I shouldn't need a passport to re-enter the United States.  My simply stating to Border Patrol who I am and my citizenship should be sufficient.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @WhoKnows That's right, if you have nothing to hide don't worry about it.  How much more clearer can it be?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @tromulus p.s.  Lest we forget the MCAO reign of terror on the community by the "troike" --- disgraced, disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his disbarred, henchwoman, chief "charging" prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon, sanctioned ex-DCA Rachel Alexander.....

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @Thane.Eichenauer But what's their purpose of coming here? Why is our election any concern of theirs? Maybe we should turn right around and go monitor theirs. Should we?  No I am not against tourism.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @Thane.Eichenauer If you're the least bit informed in Maricopa County, this is how it starts .... the letter starts the sh-*t that grows out of control and you know it. 

bobunf
bobunf

 @JoeArpaioFan  @LegitQuestions There have been approximately zero cases in which ID laws would have prevented voter fraud.  But ID laws do depress the vote of otherwise qualified people who tend Democratic  

 

When the Democrats are in control it will be easy for them to figure out ways to make voting tough for people who tend Republican.

 

Do you really think that's the way our Democracy should work?  The party in power makes it tough for the other guy to vote?

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @JoeArpaioFan

First, I'm surprised to hear that you are over 21 - your posts suggest that you are much younger than that.

 

Second, you need to understand the entire history of this issue in the United States in order to fully appreciate the signifigance of voter ID laws.  This goes back to the very specific disenfranchisement efforts that followed the Civil War and the outright rebellion against the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments by the southern states. These disenfranchisement efforts included poll taxes, literacy tests, grandfather clauses, residency requirements and  other very specific laws designed to disenfranchise blacks and other minorities.  These laws were accompanied by outright intimidation and violence.   These is the lens through which you must look at these voter ID laws.  This is also what make these voter ID laws fundamentally different than all of those ID situations that you mentioned above. 

 

So when one party starts to advocate for imposing barriers to voting that are likely to have a disparate impact on minorities, coupled with the fact that the same party has initiated what is widely believed to be a voter intimidation initiative (True the Vote), then you begin to understand why fair minded people begin to get a little suspicious that this is nothing but a re-hashing of the minority voter disenfranchisement efforts that have been common over the past 150 years.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  @WhoKnows lol the hypocrisy is that they will allow True the Vote members to be poll workers...a known tea party, bias, group meant to intimidate those they think will vote against the GOP. Im betting this entire election turns out like it did in FL in 2000..where you have bias poll workers challenging every vote to not only delay the process, but disenfranchise people in the hopes they just give up and go home before voting. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  and the same applies to them sending observers to watch our election. so quit your crying 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions  @danzigsdaddy 

 

wow, I just re-read what I typed and my fingers must have been having a JAF moment...

 

What I meant to type (with a slight addition):

 

There are certain things that should be handled by government. Military security/foreign security are one of those things and should not be outsourced or privatized.

 

There is a reason war and military actions are messy and should be messy. To remind us why they should always be the last resort on the table, not the first

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions  @danzigsdaddy 

 

Good points.

 

There are certain things that should be handled by government but our military needs, and this was a military need, is definitely one of them.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @teknik  @JoeArpaioFan  @Thane.Eichenauer 

 

"what ever happened to the likes of you folks saying "if you have nothing to hide"?"

 

It only applies to others in the world people who say that live in

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @danzigsdaddy

 I was actually thinking about our State Department staff in Libya that were recently murdered.  The State Department staff was protected by two contractors - not State Department employees - but contractors.  Instead of using active duty Navy SEALs, the protection for the diplomats was provided by former Navy SEALS working for private contractors.  The outsourcing of our security to contractors has sucked in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya.  It has resulted in needless civilian deaths and American deaths.  This is part of the "privatization" that the Republicans are pushing so hard - take government money and pay it out for more expensive, less ompetent private conglomerates to perform work that the government used to competently perform itself at a lower cost.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions by the way, your observation of "but maybe should be more often" i find to be a good point. when we have people observing in other countries, it doesnt really affect me, so i am very distanced from it and dont think about it. but seeing all the uproar we are having here about them doing it to us, makes it sink in a little more for me and i see how uptight the people in other countries must be with our presence at their elections.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions removed last post...TYPO's. what i meant was:  I will give you the point on that. We do carry weapons on some of our monitoring, but not all of them, and I should have stated it thusly. 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @danzigsdaddy  Your hyperbole is showing.  Most election monitoring by the U.S. is conducted under the direction of the State Department, which is not armed (but maybe should be more often)

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  quit your crying, we do observe theirs, and when we do it, we usually do it with guns. at least they arent carrying M-16's while they observe ours 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  @truthseekeraz 

 

I know what would be happening if Jefferson were alive today

 

There would be a lot of BANGS on the south White House lawn as he went through a brick of ammo after lining up all the Republican traitors.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @truthseekeraz  The good Republicans like Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt must be spinning in their graves.

 

God only knows what would happen if these two honorable men were alive today to see the Republican Party....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  and whats wrong with people observing how we run our voting process? are you against it because you are trying to pull voter fraud and are angry because if people are watching, you cant get away with it? if you were not trying to commit it you wouldnt care 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @truthseekeraz Call me a troll if you want but it makes perfect sense.  Just what in the hell is wrong with asking for ID to vote when you are asked for ID for just about everything else? You must be against voter ID laws because you want to commit voter fraud and are angry the law prevents you from doing it. Otherwise you would not care.  You just won't admit it.

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