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    Arizona county refuses to certify election results

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    People wait to enter the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors auditorium ahead of a meeting, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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    Republican officials in a rural Arizona county refused to certify the result of the 2022 election Monday, amid pressure from prominent Republicans to reject results that give Democrats victory in major races, despite that there is no evidence that there was anything wrong with the vote count.

    State election officials had said they would sue Cochise County if the board of supervisors missed next Monday’s deadline to approve the official recount of votes, known as canvassing. The county’s two Republican supervisors delayed voting on the canvass until they once again heard concerns about the certification of the vote tabulators, even though election officials have repeatedly said the equipment is duly approved.

    The state’s election director, Kori Lorick, has said the machines have the proper certificates for use in elections. He wrote in a letter last week that the state would sue to force Cochise County supervisors to certify the results, and that if they did not do so by the state canvass deadline of December 5, the votes of the county would be excluded.

    That would threaten to flip the winner in at least two close races — a seat in the federal House of Representatives and the head of state schools — from a Republican to a Democrat.

    A Cochise County voter and a group representing retirees filed a lawsuit late Monday asking a judge to order the board of supervisors to canvass the election. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office had previously said she would sue if the county missed the deadline.

    “The Board of Supervisors had all the information it needed to certify this election and failed in its responsibility to Cochise voters,” Sophia Solis, a spokeswoman for Hobbs, said in an email.

    Arizona law requires county officials to pass the canvass of elections, and attorneys for several counties have warned Republican monitors they could face criminal charges for failing to meet their obligations.

    Election results have been largely certified without issue in jurisdictions across the country. That has not been the case in Arizona, which was a focal point for efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election and push false fraud narratives.

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    Associated Press writers Terry Tang and Anita Snow in Phoenix and Christina A. Cassidy in Atlanta contributed to this report.



    Source: El Nuevo Herald

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