Goodyear Man Convicted For Videotaping In Valley Polling Place In 2018

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GOODYEAR – A Goodyear man, Brad Luebke, was convicted of videotaping inside a west valley polling place in 2018 after pleading guilty to a violation of the “seventy-five foot limit” statute, a Class 2 misdemeanor last week.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, on November 6, 2018, Luebke entered a polling place at Desert Springs Community Church in Goodyear with a holstered BB gun and a camera inside the 75-foot limit. Poll workers explained to Luebke that he needed to remove the items from the polling place in order to vote. Luebke refused, and when officers arrived, they found Luebke outside the church with a holstered BB gun and a camera – specifically a cellphone on a specialized mount with a microphone attached.

Luebke was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $400.

In Arizona, there are laws that protect voters’ rights to access polling places and authorize what conduct is and is not allowed inside and outside polling sites.

● ARS 16-515: Restrictions on activity within 75 feet of a polling location, a Class 2 Misdemeanor

● ARS 16-1004: Interference with election officers, a Class 5 Felony

● ARS 16-1005: Ballot fraud and abuse, including the harvesting of ballots, Class 4, 5, and 6 Felonies

● ARS 16-1006: Hindering or disrupting voting by force, threats, menaces, bribery or any corrupt means, a Class 5 Felony

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