Arizona GOP candidate gets warning about election interference over tweets encouraging pen theft

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The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday ordered a Republican candidate to stop urging voters to replace government-issued pens at polling stations.

In a cease and desist letter, the County Attorney’s Office told Maricopa County Board of Supervisors candidate Gail Golec to immediately retract social media posts.

“As you well know, theft of any sort is unlawful,” Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue said in the letter, which was emailed to Golec after 11 a.m.

“Moreover encouraging theft of the fast-drying ink pens specifically recommended for election day voting is a deliberate attempt to interfere with election administration,” he wrote.

Golec, a Scottsdale real estate agent who has previously spread conspiracies about the 2020 election, denied telling voters to steal the pens. She said she told them to bring their own blue-ink pens to the polls.

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