PHOENIX ( Associated Press) – A rural Arizona county certified the results of its midterm elections Thursday, following an order from a judge who ruled that Republican monitors broke the law when they counted votes ahead of the deadline set for this election. Refused to sign the recount. ,
Two Republicans on the three-member county board of supervisors refused to certify the results even as the deadline loomed on Monday. He did not mention any problems with the election results. Instead, they noted that they were not convinced that the machines used to tabulate votes were properly certified for use in elections, although state and federal election officials have said they were.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs filed a lawsuit Monday, as a local voter and a group of retirees argued that observers are required by law to certify elections. Hobbs says she is required to complete state certification by December 5th and by law she can only delay it until December 8th.
After a hearing on Thursday, Judge Casey McGinley ordered observers to meet within 90 minutes and approve election results by the end of the day.
Supervisor Peggy Judd, one of two Republicans who twice blocked the certification, said, “I feel no shame for what I did.” “And today I feel I have to do this because of the court’s ruling and because of my own health and the circumstances that are happening in our lives, I feel I have to abide by what the judge did today,” he said. ”
The board’s other Republican, Tom Crosby, did not attend the meeting.
Two hours earlier, Supervisor Ann English, the only Democrat on the board, asked the judge to order the board to certify the election results immediately and not wait another day. He said Crosby is trying to “make a showdown between the secretary of state and those who deny the election” at the meeting scheduled for Friday.
“I think it’s a circus that doesn’t have to happen,” English said. “I’m fed up. I think the public has had enough. So I ask for a quick resolution to this if possible.”
The vote allows state certification to be scheduled for Monday.
Hobbs, a Democrat who was elected to the governor’s office in the November election, warned that he would have to certify the results without the Cochise County data if he did not receive them in time, an outcome that would tip the scales in several races. Stop it. The county’s 47,000 votes went overwhelmingly to the Republicans.