Sunrise man faces five years imprisonment for threatening elections staff

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Joshua David Lubitz admitted to making threatening comments and hand gestures at an early voting site during the Primary Election last August.

A Sunrise man is facing five years in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal district court to threatening election workers during the Primary Election last August.

Joshua David Lubitz, 38, entered a polling station at the Sunrise Senior Center on Aug. 17 during early voting, court documents show. He began yelling profanities at election workers, according to officials.

“While inside, Lubitz was heard counting election workers and saying, ‘Should I kill them one by one or should I blow the place up?’” a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, said. “He was also heard saying, ‘My dad would love this. It would be easy’ and ‘this would be nice and sweet.’”

After that, Lubitz left the center, walked to the parking lot, and entered his car, according to officials.  As he drove past the polling site entrance, Lubitz extended his arm toward two poll workers and made a threatening gesture — “pointed his finger and thumb in a gun-like fashion towards election workers,” according to the indictment.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott said he is thankful that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office took this incident seriously.

“The safety of our voters and election workers is of our utmost importance,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “We hope this serves as a lesson for anyone who has intentions of trying to intimidate or threaten voters or election staff.”

Anyone who is threatened during voting is encouraged to file an elections fraud complaint or contact law enforcement, according to the release from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.

Lubitz is scheduled for sentencing on July 25, before U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz in Miami.

In addition to five years of imprisonment, Lubitz could also face three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Church Folks

    May 12, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Which church taught him this?

  • Elliott Offen

    May 12, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Typical sub-ape who votes for the GOP. A party that shovels mountains of even this guy’s money to the rich and he never sees a penny of it ever again in the form of wages or anything else.

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 12, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Good evening America
    This guy is obvously a dook 4 brains leftist and the courts should have had him shot by a firing squad the next morning.
    He’s lucky he was in a county operated by dook 4 brains leftists.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Elliott Offen

      May 12, 2023 at 9:45 pm

      He wasn’t a leftist. You are the sht for brains making false claims for all to see. You can’t be taken seriously. Alex Jones and Mike Lindell clown car occupant.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 18, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    While this man’s alleged actions sound pretty bad, except the finger pointing thing which is just laughable, I think FL Gov Rhonda has done much worse to Florida’s elections. Will Rhonda be arrested for his damaging Florida’s elections? I think “he should be. Rhon DeSantis should be in prison for damaging elections.” Yes. Yes. That is what I think.

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