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State law requires county supervisors to canvass, or count, and report the election results in their counties to the secretary of state.

Cochise County Republican supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd, who initially refused to certify the canvass of the countywide election results, jeopardizing the state certification process and risking the votes of thousands, will have to pay more than $36,000 in legal fees. Read more»

Attorney General Kris Mayes in January 2023.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is suing Cochise County for giving its recorder near-full control over the county’s elections, arguing county supervisors weren’t clear enough that they still have the final say over certain decisions. Read more»

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»

Cochise County Elections Director Lisa Marra.

Lisa Marra, the Cochise County elections director who refused to cooperate with an illegal hand count plan, describes a threatening work environment, both physically and emotionally, and says she was publicly disparaged in her resignation letter to county. 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»

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs during a campaign event.

Arizona officials certified the state’s election results after a month of challenges to the certification process - but now it kicks off the five-day period in which lawsuits challenging the results can be filed in court and a long timeline for three statewide recounts. Read more»

Arizona Democratic governor-elect and current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, signs the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass as Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, looks on during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Dec. 5, 2022.

The state’s top officials on Monday certified the canvass of Arizona’s midterm election, after a dramatic runup to the certification in which one county had to be forced by court order to certify its own election results to send to the state.  Read more»

The responsibilities of county supervisors are clearly laid out in state law and the state’s Election Procedures Manual and they are non-negotiable.

Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd - the Republican Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify the election results - should be investigated and criminally prosecuted, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a letter to state and county attorneys.  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»

Cochise County is being sued to force them to canvass the election, and former top prosecutors say the pair of supervisors who have so far refused to certify the Nov. 8 election should face felony charges for failing to follow state law.

The two Republican Cochise County supervisors who have so far refused to certify the Nov. 8 election because of ostensible concerns about the trustworthiness of electronic ballot tabulators weren’t concerned when that same equipment confirmed their electoral victories in 2020. Read more»

Cochise County is facing a lawsuit from Secretary of State Katie Hobbs for its failure to certify the results, which it is required to do so under state law. 

Former Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard and Republican Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley are asking state and county prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into Republican Cochise County supervisors who have refused to certify the election results. Read more»

The machines used in every Arizona county, including Cochise, have been properly certified by the state and federal governments.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Monday filed a lawsuit to force Cochise County officials to approve the results of this month’s election after Republicans on the board of supervisors failed to meet a deadline to canvass the election. Read more»

An election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022. Maricopa and Mohave counties voted to certify election results Nov. 28, the state deadline, while Cochise County voted to postpone its certification.

Officials in Maricopa and Mohave counties on Monday certified their results for the Nov. 8 election, but Cochise County officials refused to certify its results by the legal deadline, voting to delay until Friday. Read more»

Supervisors in both Cochise and Mohave counties said their elections were well run, but delaying the certification is a way to prove to their constituency they did everything they could to stop statewide certification.

Amid a GOP campaign to pressure county supervisors across Arizona not to certify their elections, two counties have postponed their vote until the eleventh hour, raising questions about what happens if they fail to meet their deadline to finalize results. Read more»

In 2020, Cochise County’s hand-count audit tallied 1,686 ballots out of 60,963. That took two days.

A judge ruled that Cochise County cannot conduct a hand count of all ballots cast in the midterm election - saying that it is not legal in Arizona - blocking the latest effort by GOP leaders to hand-count ballots, a method experts say is slower and less accurate than machine counts. Read more»

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