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Recorder David Stevens speaks at a Cochise County Republican Club event in 2022. Also at Stevens’ table was friend and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem.

Elections in Cochise County will now be run almost entirely by Recorder David Stevens, an election skeptic who has said he does not fully trust all of his county’s election procedures and believes the county can and should move to hand-counting ballots. Read more»

An aerial view of the Douglas Port of Entry from 2011.

Arizona Gov Doug Ducey is allocating $8.9 million in federal funding to help build a new port of entry in Douglas, adding funds from the American Rescue Plan to develop wastewater and groundwater infrastructure. Read more»

Pima County officials have completed their recount in the election for Arizona attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, sending the results of the review of nearly 400,000 ballots to the Secretary of State's Office on Friday. Read more»

Judge Casey McGinley questions Lalitha D. Madduri, an attorney for the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, on Dec. 1, 2022.

After being ordered to do so by a judge just 90 minutes earlier, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday afternoon to certify its election results - though Peggy Judd remained defiant as she voted to canvass the election and Tom Crosby refused to attend.  Read more»

Supervisors Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby, the two Republicans on the three-member board, want to hand-count all votes cast in the midterm election by the county’s 87,000 registered voters.

The Arizona secretary of state’s office is threatening to sue Cochise County if it moves forward with a hand count of all ballots in the midterm election - though the supervisors haven’t provided details of how they’d conduct the hand count, even though early voting is already underway. Read more»

Arizona already has many checks and balances in place to ensure that votes are tabulated accurately. State law requires counties to conduct a post-election hand count of a portion of ballots if the political parties request it and supply enough workers.

Cochise County officials are considering hand-counting all ballots cast by the county’s 87,000 voters this election, a radical measure for a county of its size that election experts say is also problematic and unnecessary. Read more»

Supervisors from Arizona's four border counties — Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma — have asked officials to allow rural hospitals to transfer critically ill patients to larger regional facilities because providers are "nearing collapse" due to patients infected with COVID-19. Read more»

Cochise County Supervisor Peggy Judd, and social media posts and messages about the January 6 Trump rally and subsequent march on the U.S. Capitol.

A Cochise County supervisor deleted her Facebook profile and is facing calls to resign after she touted conspiracy myths and posted about her participation in the Jan. 6 march on the U.S. Capitol that became a deadly insurrection. Read more»

A worker at the Fort Belvoir, Va., Community Hospital, which shifted operations to handle more COVID-19 cases.

Two Pima County supervisors signed a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey declaring that he must allow counties and cities to mandate face masks be worn in public to stem the spike in coronavirus cases in Arizona. Read more»

Just over half of voters in southern border states disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling border and immigration issues, according to a new report by the U.S. Immigration Policy Center. Read more» 1


Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels has reversed a move to deputize six Border Patrol and Customs agents after community backlash to a recent decision to give federal agents the power to enforce local laws. In Pima County, 365 federal agents have been cross-certified to enforce local laws. Read more»