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    State’s Election Certification May Be in Jeopardy After County Board’s Surprise Vote

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    After hearing from a trio who claimed that counting machines were not approved, the board in charge of a county in southeast Arizona whose Republican leaders had intended to recount all of the ballots cast on Election Day on Friday postponed validating the results of last week’s vote.

    Since 2021, the three men—or some combination of them—have brought at least four cases before the Arizona Supreme Court with comparable arguments in an effort to have the state’s 2020 election results overturned. For lack of proof, for having waited too long after the election was declared, or for requesting relief that could not be provided, the court has dismissed each one of them, using ever-sharper language.

    However, Tom Rice, Brian Steiner, and Daniel Wood succeeded in convincing the two Republicans who are in charge of the Cochise County board of supervisors that their arguments were convincing enough for them to postpone the certification until a deadline of November 28.

    They asserted that the certifications of the voting equipment utilized throughout the state were invalidated because the United States Elections Assistance Commission allowed the certifications of testing companies to expire.

    That happened in spite of the state’s elections director’s statement that the equipment and the testing firm were legitimately accredited.

    “The equipment used in Cochise County is properly certified under both federal and state laws and requirements,” State Elections Director Kori Lorick assured the board.

    The action is the latest drama to unfold in the Republican-dominated county in recent weeks. It all began when GOP members of the board Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd decided to vote for a hand recount of every ballot from last week’s election in order to verify the accuracy of the machine counts.

    In addition, Crosby defended the lawsuit Judd and he filed earlier this week to compel the hand count against the county elections director. On Wednesday, the lawsuit against Lisa Marra was dismissed.

    “If our presenters’ request is met by the proof that our machines are indeed legally and lawfully accredited, then indeed we should accept the results,” Crosby stated. “However, if the machines have not been lawfully certificated, then the converse is also true. We cannot verify this election now.”

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    Crosby and Judd then voted to delay certification, with Crosby saying he believed Wood, Steiner and Rice needed to be provided proof since they were “the experts.”

    Democrat Supervisor Ann English was powerless to overrule them.

    The delay potentially jeopardizes state certification, set for Dec. 5, and at least one statewide recount.

    Lorick issued a statement after the vote vowing legal action to force the board to accept the results. Under Arizona law the formal election canvass can’t be changed by the elected county boards — their only role is to accept the numbers as they are tallied by their elections departments. CONTINUE READING…

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