Suspect accused of threatening to kill election workers, blow up voting site in Broward County

Feds seek to combat election crimes ahead of midterms
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Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-27 16:58:50-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Department of Justice and FBI said Thursday they are working closely to investigate and prosecute violations of federal election laws in connection with the upcoming Nov. 8 election.

Two weeks ago the FBI arrested Joshua David Lubitz and charged him with threatening election workers.

According to court papers, Lubitz walked into a senior center in Sunrise, Florida, that was being used as a polling place for the August primaries.

The indictment said while election workers were working on or about Aug. 17, Lubitz asked "should I kill them one by one, or should I blow the place up."

The indictment then claims he "pointed his finger and thumb in a gun-like fashion towards election workers."

Voters who notice any form of illegal activity are urged to contact the FBI.

Federal election laws prohibit the following:

  • Threatening violence against election officials or staff
  • Intimidating or bribing voters 
  • Buying and selling votes 
  • Impersonating voters 
  • Altering vote tallies 
  • Stuffing ballot boxes
  • Marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input

To report allegations of election fraud and other election abuses in South Florida, contact FBI Miami at 754-703-2000.

However, anyone in imminent, or potentially imminent danger, should immediately call 911 before contacting federal authorities.

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