TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Both Cochise and Mojave counties, both Republican strongholds, have questioned the Arizona election process.
Neither county has confirmed the results of the 2022 general election, which has irregularities in Maricopa County.
“I believe this election was conducted within the legal requirements of all state and federal laws, and I believe it should be certified by the board of directors,” Lisa Marra, Cochise County director of elections, told the board last week.
But the board decided to wait until the last day they could legally campaign, November 28th. Mojave County regulators said the election went fair and well, but decided to show solidarity with Cochise County.
“I think to the point where they’re forced to confirm the election of exactly what’s going to happen and it’s been admitted in a board meeting that this is just drama,” Arizona Highground CEO Chuck Coughlin said. “You will confirm the choice.”
But what happens if they don’t do what the law requires them to do?
“Well, there are two possibilities,” said Ron Barber of the Arizona Democracy Resilience Project. “One is basically not counting the votes, essentially disenfranchising thousands of people, and the other is the Secretary of State uses some sort of legal power to certify the votes.”
The counties are unlikely to disenfranchise their constituents, both are red states.
“But if it’s theatre, it can hurt the process. If the Secretary of State has to take legal action, it would be at the behest of Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, likely fueling a multitude of conspiracy theories.
“If it gets to that level and needs to be certified at that level, there’s going to be even more saying that you can’t trust the result,” Barber said. “Because obviously they’re going to say Hobbs wanted to win and she found a way to win it.”
Losing gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has fanned the flames of a botched election, but her case got a little more difficult when outgoing governor Doug Ducey congratulated Hobbs on her victory and promised an orderly transition.
Hobbs’ office also sent a letter to Cochise County officials warning them that if they did not certify by the 28th, the state would take legal action against them.
Meanwhile, many in the Republican Party have become disillusioned with the antics of the electoral deniers.
“Always our better angels have prevailed and they will prevail again,” Coughlin said. “It’s bad behavior and unfortunately we’re seeing it more and more and over time we’re going to see less and less of it.”
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