By Michael Caporale
KYIV, Sept 23 (Reuters) – “Russia launched referendums on Friday aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine… armed groups were going into homes, and employees were threatened with the sack if they did not participate.”
This is how an election is governed in totalitarian states, leaving me to wonder, has Arizona become a totalitarian state? Both in the Ukraine and in Arizona, armed watchers are stationed at polling places.
As I write this, Arizona is engaged in early ballot voting at designated voting centers and drop boxes. Voting there is being monitored by self-anointed watchers, stationed at drop boxes, some armed but most with cameras, all with the clear intent to intimidate voters. How is this different than Russian methods in the Ukraine? In one photo you can see two men hidden from recognition by balaclavas covering their faces, while sporting body packs of ammo clips. Why is there a need to mask their identity and of what use are the ammo clips? And worse yet, this is all being done under the rule of Arizona law.