A county in Arizona that was run by Republicans and missed a deadline for certifying election results did so on Thursday, not long after a judge told officials there to do so.
Officials in Cochise County voted 2-0 to accept the results of the election on November 8. This means that Monday, statewide certification can move forward.
The only Democrat on the three-person Board of Supervisors, Ann English, and the Vice Chair, Republican Peggy Judd, both voted to approve the election results. Tom Crosby, a Republican, was not there.
Before the vote, Judd said, “I’m not ashamed of anything I did.” Judd also said that the judge’s order made her feel like she had to do something, but she doesn’t “like to be threatened.”
This week, Katie Hobbs, the Secretary of State for Arizona, filed a lawsuit against Cochise County because the two Republicans on the board voted to delay certifying the election results even more. At a meeting on November 18, the county put off certification.
It was the only county in Arizona that didn’t get certified by the due date.
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If the results from Cochise County, where just over 47,000 votes were cast, weren’t counted, the race for the 6th Congressional District House seat would have gone to the Democratic candidate. The certification makes sure that the official winner of that race is the Republican Juan Ciscomani.
Hobbs praised the order from Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley that the county must canvass its results.
In a statement released Thursday, she said, “Today’s court decision was a win for democracy in Arizona and makes sure that all Arizonans’ votes will be counted.”
At a hearing earlier in the day, McGinley told the board to meet Thursday afternoon to certify the results and give them to Hobbs.
Last month, Hobbs beat Kari Lake in the race for governor. Lake was backed by Trump. Most people in Cochise County voted for Lake, who has refused to admit that he lost the election.
Under state law, Arizona has to certify its results by Dec. 8, even if not all of the counties have done so.