Secretary of State-elect Adrian Fontes warned that if any red-dominated counties in Arizona do not certify their midterm election results by the deadline, they run the possibility of “disenfranchising” their votes.
The election this year, which Republican candidates across the state have contested, went “okay,” according to Fontes, a Democrat, in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday night. He added that there were a few “bumps and bruises here and there.”
Actual election supervisors are aware that no election is flawless, according to Fontes. However, any minor annoyance turns into massive voter suppression, which is complete nonsense when dealing with conspiracy theories, fiction, and nonexistent events.
Two counties with significant Republican populations have postponed certifying their midterm ballots to protest the tabulation equipment problems Maricopa County encountered on Election Day. According to the Associated Press, the Mohave County board of supervisors in northwest Arizona has decided to certify its votes on the November 28 deadline as a “political statement” (AP).
Cochise County supervisors, who oversee a county in the state’s southeast, chose not to certify the votes cast there and did not commit to doing so.
The board of Cochise County runs the risk of having all of its county’s votes not counted if it does not certify its election results by December 5—the revised deadline set by state Election Director Kori Lorick on Monday.
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Regarding Cochise County’s delay, Fontes stated, “Unfortunately, the disenfranchisement is going to come from those folks and, look, that will throw a number of these statewide offices pretty handily to Democrats.”
In some areas, such as Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, where Representative-elect Juan Ciscomani defeated his Democratic opponent by just over 5,000 votes, a blue shift could occur if Cochise County is not taken into account, according to Fontes.
Republicans received as much as 60% of the vote in the remote county, according to the AP report. According to unofficial data from Cochise County, 11,994 same-day voters out of 47,000 voters cast ballots in this year’s election.
They are playing in dangerous territory, according to Fontes. “And once more, everything is built on this enormous absurd lie. These people have a legal obligation to safeguard voters and the votes they cast.”
In addition, some Republican candidates in Arizona have refused to accept defeat in the top four contests, claiming that Election Day errors in Maricopa County resulted in the disenfranchisement of Republican in-person voters.
In a statement made on Monday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said she would “continue fighting” in what she called a “botched and broken election.” Lake has also backed former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Katie Hobbs, the incoming governor of Arizona, defeated Lake, who had yet to surrender.
Mark Finchem, Fontes’ Republican rival, has declined to accept defeat in the contest for secretary of state, joining Lake as another Trump-backed loser.
For Arizona’s attorney general on Monday, Democrat Kris Mayes triumphed against Republican Abraham Hamadeh. Before her victory can be declared, the race is expected to need to be recounted.
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