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    Arizona county board supervisors say they voted to certify election ‘under duress’

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    The chairperson of one county voted to recognize the outcome of the Nov. 8 midterm elections “under duress,” alleging he was compelled to do so under threat of jail time, according to shocking disclosures from one of the Mohave County, Arizona, Board of Supervisors on Monday.

    “I vote ‘aye’ under duress. I found out today that I have no choice but to vote ‘Aye’ or I will be arrested and charged with a felony,” Ron Gould made this statement when he voted. “I don’t think that that is what the founders had in mind when they used the democratic process to elect our leaders. I find that very disheartening,” he concluded.

    “MINUTES AWAY Mohave County Board reconvenes at 2 pm to discuss/vote on certifying the county’s midterm election results. Board members now know that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will sue Cochise County for refusing to certify by today’s mandated deadline,” according to Brahm Resnik.

    For Just The News, Ben Whedon added the following:

    In certifying the election results “under duress,” Gould was not acting alone. Hildy Angius, a fellow board supervisor, similarly asserted that she would face legal consequences for failing to certify the outcome and further stated a wish to prevent voter disenfranchisement. However, she did show confidence regarding the outcomes for her own county and listed Maricopa County’s problems as one of her concerns.

    According to a local news source, Havasu News, she claimed that “Delaying this vote again will only prolong the agony without actually changing anything,”. “What we certify here today is only Mohave County’s vote. I’m confident about this county under (Mohave County Elections Director) Allen Tempert and (County Recorder Kristi Blair). To not certify this election at all, I think, was never our intent. It would certainly disenfranchise the voters of Mohave County and hurt our candidates who worked so hard to get elected.”

    “I suggest that in the coming months and years we work with our state legislature to make the changes we need, both for our county and for our state, and to make our voices heard,” she continued. “Arizona — and that is Maricopa County — is the laughingstock of the country and the world. And they don’t even seem to care, which is even more frightening. I will vote to certify this canvass under duress for the chaos Maricopa County has forced into our election process.”

    More on this story via The Republic Brief:

    The outlet observed that should the county fail to certify the election before the Monday deadline without any ballots outstanding, it would invalidate the whole county’s elections, the board’s legal counsel asserted. Such a course of action may also constitute malfeasance of office by county officials, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

    Gould’s claims come on the same day that Maricopa County, Ariz., voted to certify its election results while Cochise County’s Board of Supervisors opted to delay doing so.

    Arizona has been mired in allegations of electoral fraud since the 2020 presidential election when President Joe Biden narrowly edged out former President Donald Trump and the state became a focal point for his narrative that mass ballot fraud altered the final result. CONTINUE READING…

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