An Iranian journalist and activist, Hengameh Shahidi, was arrested, among many others, in further pre-election arrests of pro-reformists. Shahidi feared in advance that she might be arrested, and prepared letters. She wrote that if she were to be arrested, her arrest would be a part of a planned campaign to secure votes for specific candidates over others. In other words, the authorities try to influence election by arresting political activists. According to the Center for Human Rights in Iran dozens have been arrested and many kept in solitary confinement denied access to their family or lawyers.