Arizona election 2022: State expected to sue county to certify results before day’s end

An election worker examines a ballot at Maricopa County Election Center.

By The Arizona Republic

Monday is the deadline for Arizona’s 15 counties to report results of the Nov. 8 election to the Secretary of State’s Office.

For most of the 110 years since Arizona became the nation’s 48th state, canvass day was a routine marker — the day that put a period to the tallying in most counties. This year, at least two state races are heading to an official recount, and several questions and challenges linger from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the state Republican Party and from some candidates themselves.

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1:45 p.m.: Lawsuit to be filed before day’s end

With 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties certifying the election so far, the Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed it will file a legal action by the end of the day to force at least one county, Cochise, to certify its results.

The Cochise County supervisors voted 2-1 to delay past the Monday deadline to canvass their county’s election, while Maricopa was still preparing to vote on its election and Mohave officials had delayed a decision until later in the day.

The Secretary of State’s office previously said it would file a legal action to compel wayward counties to follow the law and affirmed that Monday after the decision in Bisbee by the Cochise supervisors.

If the county’s election is not canvassed by Dec. 5, the statewide canvass will move ahead without the missing county or counties’ votes, the Secretary of State’s Office has said.

— Mary Jo Pitzl and Ryan Randazzo

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