Another Arizona county has moved to delay the certification of votes from this month’s election which was plagued with inexplicable problems leading to many questioning its legitimacy, saying that the move is a “political statement” to protest issues in the state’s most highly populated county.
On Monday, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors narrowly approved the delay of the certification process until the November 28 deadline to show “solidarity” with those who are angry with the plethora of problems in Maricopa County, particularly issues with the voting machines.
“It’s a political statement, I’m not going to lie,” said board member Hildy Angius. “We did it in 2020, it doesn’t hinder us. It’s not going to hold us liable. It’s, again, a statement of solidarity with other counties who are doing this.”
With the split vote, Mohave joined Cochise County in delaying the certifying of the vote, moves that come as the Arizona attorney general’s office is demanding answers on the “myriad problems” in Maricopa County on Election Day.
“The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has received hundreds of complaints since Election Day pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright in a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. “These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law.”
“Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election,” the letter, which was dated November 19, reads. “As the canvass is looming, and these issues relate to Maricopa County’s ability to lawfully certify election results – the Unit requests a response to the aforementioned issues on or before Maricopa County submits its official canvass to the Secretary of State, which must occur on or before November 28, 2022.”
Bill Gates, who serves as chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said the county will respond “with transparency as we have done throughout this election.”
The key races were called in favor of incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Kelly over his opponent Blake Masters and for sitting Secretary of State Katie Hobbs who prevailed in the governor’s race against Republican Kari Lake despite her unwillingness to engage in a debate and her refusal to recuse herself from her position as the state’s top election official and despite the obvious conflict of interest, further contributing to suspicions of chicanery that skewed the results against the GOP candidates.
Counties that may choose to make a “political statement” by dragging out the process were threatened by chief Democrat election legal enforcer Marc Elias, “Let me be clear, if any Arizona County fails to follow the law and to timely certify the election results, they will be sued. The Board members in Mohave should go ask their buddies in Cochise about how that worked out for them.”
Let me be clear, if any Arizona County fails to follow the law and to timely certify the election results, they will be sued. The Board members in Mohave should go ask their buddies in Cochise about how that worked out for them. https://t.co/V6Gujw7jA8
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) November 21, 2022
“This is 2020 redux,” Angius added. “If we don’t certify today, we’re just making a statement of solidarity.”
“It is purely a political statement,” former state lawmaker Ron Gould said. “But it’s the only way that we can make that statement.”
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