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Judge orders Arizona County to certify election results after delay

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Judge orders Arizona County to certify election results after delay

December 01, 05:58 PM December 02, 09:12 AM

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An Arizona judge ordered a rural county to certify its 2022 midterm elections results after the GOP-controlled board of supervisors delayed its certification by the deadline on Monday.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley ordered that the board of supervisors had until 5 p.m. on Thursday to certify the results, per NPR.

GOP COUNTY’S REFUSAL TO CERTIFY ELECTION RESULTS COULD FLIP RESULT OF ARIZONA HOUSE SEAT

This order comes three days after the board delayed the certification without evidence of problems with the local counts. The two Republicans on the three-person board voted against certification, while the lone Democrat voted in favor.

In response, Secretary of State and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) filed a lawsuit in the Cochise County Superior Court against the county on Monday, asking the court to compel Cochise County to certify its results.

Hobbs argued that the county is violating state law and will “potentially disenfranchise the voters of Cochise County” if it does not certify the results, per the lawsuit.

The county’s decision risks excluding close to 47,000 Arizonans’ votes. If the court had not intervened and the county failed to certify the election results, Rep.-elect Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ) would have likely lost his seat to Democrat Kirsten Engel.

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Hobbs will complete the statewide canvass by Dec. 8, with or without Cochise County’s votes.

It is unclear what the consequences will be for the board of supervisors if it refuses the judge’s order to certify.

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