Regulators on Monday refused to certify the results, despite a state deadline and a warning from Secretary of State and Governor-elect Katie Hobbs. Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley stepped in Tuesday to order the two Republican supervisors standing in the way of certification to do their duty and ruled that their actions were unlawful.
Dec 1 (News) — Cochise County, Arizona, regulators confirmed the results of Thursday’s midterm elections after they were ordered by a state judge.
Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd voted against certifying the election results, citing conspiracy theories about uncertified voting machines. They argued Hobbs failed to respond and provide evidence that the machines were properly accredited.
The third supervisor, Ann English, a Democrat, disagreed and voted for certification.
McGinley ordered supervisors to meet Thursday and get the interim reconciliations. He said Crosby and Judd violated Arizona Statute 16-642, which requires the governing body holding an election to meet and collect votes no later than 20 days after the election. The selection is not complete until confirmed by the district supervisory authorities.
A special meeting of the district supervisory authorities was convened on Thursday afternoon. English and Judd voted 2-0 to confirm the election results. Crosby did not speak or vote during the meeting, reports ABC 9 Tucson.
“Today’s court decision was a victory for Arizona democracy and ensures that the votes of all Arizonans are counted,” Hobbs said tweeted.
Cochise County was the only county in Arizona that did not meet the certification deadline. Without votes from the rural southeastern Arizona county, several statewide elections remained up in the air.