California Congressman Raul Ruiz introduced this week H.R. 4722, the “Vote Without Fear Act.”
Designed to “prevent armed intimidation at the voting booth” the legislation bans the possession of a firearm within 100 yards of a “federal election site.”
A federal election site includes both polling places and ballot counting locations.
“In recent federal elections, we have seen an alarming rise in armed intimidation at the voting booth,” said Rep. Ruiz in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica
“Every American should be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote without intimidation or fear for their personal safety. My bill, the Vote Without Fear Act, will help protect this sacred right by keeping our polling places free from the threat of armed intimidation. With my legislation, we will safeguard the integrity of our democratic process and ensure the safety of all Americans on Election Day.”
On-duty law enforcement officers and hired security guards are exempt from the ban. Lawfully owned firearms secured in homes and/or vehicles within 100 yards of the federal election site are also exempt.
“The ability to vote freely and without fear must be protected, but unfortunately gun extremists are increasingly trying to threaten our democratic process by intimidating voters and election workers,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.
“Congressmen Ruiz’s legislation is one that will ensure safety and security at our poll sites and one that we’re proud to support,” she added.
Speaking of voting, incidentally, Arizona is currently in the midst of an audit of the 2020 General Election for ballots cast in Maricopa County.
Twitter’s been on fire, as the results are expected to be presented in the coming days.
Already the Arizona Audit has found 275,000 potential fraudulent ballots — in just ONE county!— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 27, 2021
And we already know Maricopa County certified FALSE results with 3,981 people voting AFTER the registration deadline pic.twitter.com/sxnmgxSHZl
HAPPENING NOW: Twitter just suspended the Arizona Audit account and the Arizona Audit War Room Account. They are blocking the release of audit information on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/dSu8NfquBH— Christina Bobb (@christina_bobb) July 27, 2021
BREAKING: Twitter just suspended the Arizona Audit account as well as the Audit War Room account.— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) July 27, 2021
Follow me on Telegram and Gab for when I am booted. I will be next.https://t.co/thUZA6fK63https://t.co/VWNmppA4nS pic.twitter.com/DA6IcyRONG