Dec 1, 2022 - Politics

Cochise County certifies election results after judge's order

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The Cochise County Board of Supervisors certified its election results on Thursday, three days after the legal deadline, following the orders of a judge.

  • Counties are required by law to approve their canvasses within 20 days of the election.

Driving the news: The board voted 2-0 to certify its election canvass, heading off potential legal consequences.

  • Republican Supervisor Peggy Judd, who'd previously resisted certifying the results, said she would follow the judge's order.
  • Tom Crosby, the board's other Republican member who had also refused to approve the canvass, did not attend the meeting.

Why it matters: Without the results from Cochise County, a rural, heavily Republican enclave in the southeastern part of the state, the Secretary of State's Office would not have been able to certify the statewide canvass on Dec. 5 as scheduled.

  • State law permits the secretary to delay for up to three days if he or she hasn't received the results from all 15 counties.
  • Yes, but: An attorney for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told a judge that it would be impractical to do so.
  • Mandatory recounts in the races for attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and a House seat in the Phoenix area cannot occur until the statewide canvass is approved.

Context: Crosby and Judd refused to certify the canvass on Monday, instead rescheduling the vote for Friday, Dec. 2, so they could also hear about the certification and reliability of ballot-tabulation machines.

  • Such machines have been the source of conspiracy theories and baseless allegations for the past two years.
  • Some Republicans have urged supervisors in Cochise and other counties to delay or reject certification due to unrelated Election Day problems in Maricopa County.

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