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New election conspiracy centers on email from an election official reminding workers of a new policy

Ron Watkins, a former moderator of the controversial site 8kun and son of QAnon conspiracy theorist Jim Watkins — who some believe is actually the person posing as Q — has also retweeted the email, garnered more than 16,000 retweets./Twitter

The conspiracy has spawned ‘abhorrent’ threats, referrals to police

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

The right-wing Twittersphere continues to be outraged that Maricopa County voters were handed Sharpie markers to fill out their ballots on Election Day, and has now incorrectly seized on an email from a county election official as “evidence” that the markers were intended to cheat President Donald Trump out of reelection.

In the Oct. 22 email, Kelly Dixon, the assistant director for the Election Department’s recruitment and training division told election “troubleshooters” that she’s aware of “issues and concerns” from voters about Sharpies that had been used in early voting centers, and that they should instead hand out ballpoint pens until early voting concluded on Nov. 2.

“Starting tomorrow, 10/23, and through 11/2, we are asking that Clerks hand voters BALLPOINT PENS rather than markers. We NEED to use Markers on Election Day, but for now and through 11/2, hand voters a Ballpoint Pen,” Dixon wrote.

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