Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sues Cochise County supervisors

By The Arizona Republic

Monday was the deadline for Arizona’s 15 counties to report results of the Nov. 8 election to the Secretary of State’s Office. All but one county, Cochise, did so.

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, the process drew intense attention in Cochise, Mohave and Maricopa counties.

Election news will continue through the waning weeks of the year. In addition to the lawsuits pending against Cochise County, 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.

A host of challenges:Here are all the issues raised after Arizona’s 2022 election so far

7:30 p.m.: Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sues Cochise County supervisors

A second lawsuit to compel the Cochise County Board of Supervisors to certify the Nov. 8 election results was filed Monday evening by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

In her complaint, Hobbs said the Cochise board’s decision to let Monday’s deadline for certification lapse without any action “disenfranchises tens of thousands of voters in Cochise County.”

She asks the court to require the supervisors to show a reason why her lawsuit should be dismissed, arguing the board clearly violated state law that requires certification by the 20th day after the election. Hobbs asks for the court to act by Thursday, the same date a lawsuit filed hours earlier also requested.

— Mary Jo Pitzl

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