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A Goodyear man was convicted on Tuesday for recording video inside a polling location in 2018, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
Brad Luebke, 39, was sentenced to six months of probation and more than $400 in fines for violating Arizona law that classifies recording within a polling location as a class 2 misdemeanor.
Arizona law establishes a 75-foot perimeter around polling places, creating a safe place free of interference for voters to cast their ballots.
On Nov. 6, 2018, police officers were called to a polling location at Desert Springs Community Church after Luebke refused to remove a holstered BB gun and turn off his cellphone camera to be able to enter and vote.
Police found Luebke outside the church with the holstered gun and his cellphone camera on a specialized recording mount, according to the statement.
Luebke pleaded guilty to a violation of the “seventy-five foot limit” statute and was sentenced Tuesday afternoon.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office asks that voters remember to review what conduct is allowed within the polls. Activities like recording video, photographing, and attempting to influence or disturb a voter are prohibited and punishable by law.
“As a first-generation American, I value the right to vote and believe every Arizonan should be able to make their voice heard without feeling intimidated,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich in the statement. “My office stands ready to assist local law enforcement agencies across the state if any issues arise on Election Day.”
The Attorney General’s Office reminded voters that if they suspect an election-related crime, to contact their local police department immediately.