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BREAKING: Arizona County Refuses To Certify Gubernatorial Election Results, Resulting In New Lawsuit

Phoenix New Times

Disclaimer:  This article may contain the personal views and opinions of the author.

One Arizona county is refusing to certify the 2022 election results missing the state’s deadline. 

Officials in Cochise County voted to delay the certification because of claims that the voting machines were not properly accredited.

State election officials deny that claim saying that they have provided proof that the machines were properly accredited. 

Those election officials are now facing a lawsuit from none other than Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. Hobbs is also the declared winner of the gubernatorial race over Kari Lake, the GOP candidate. 

“In that group’s opinion, the secretary [of state] has not been responsive in providing proof of lawful accreditation of voting machine laboratories,” GOP Supervisor Tom Crosby said.

Adding, “In my opinion, that lack of response would seem to suggest the inability to provide the requested proof by the secretary.”

Who is telling the truth here? Was proof provided regarding the voting machines or not? 

Sophia Solis, a spokeswoman for Hobbs, sent an email to the Associated Press saying, “The Board of Supervisors had all of the information they needed to certify this election and failed to uphold their responsibility for Cochise voters.” 

Katie Hobbs, who barely campaigned and refused to debate Kari Lake, tweeted, “Cochise County had a statutory duty to certify the results of the 2022 General Election by today. My office has filed a lawsuit to ensure all voters have their votes [count].”

Lake has not conceded the election to Hobbs. Her campaign account pointed out the absurdity of Hobbs being in the position as the state’s chief elections official. 

“This is an egregious abuse of power but when has that ever stopped you before?” the account Kari Lake War Room tweeted in response to Hobbs’ tweet.

Former President Trump weighed in on the matter on his Truth Social account. He said, “Massive numbers of ‘BROKEN’ voting machines in Republican Districts on Election Day. Mechanics sent in to ‘FIX’ them made them worse.”

“Kari had to be taken to a Democrat area, which was working perfectly, to vote. Her opponent ran the Election.”

Lake called for Hobbs to recuse herself from overseeing the Arizona gubernatorial race but Hobbs repeatedly rejected that request. 

It is clearly a conflict of interest. Hobbs could have avoided the suspicion now surrounding the legitimacy of the election by recusing herself. 

Only Democrats would think that it’s perfectly fine to have one of the candidates oversee their own election. 

Kari Lake’s name has been floated as a potential VP pick for Trump and she was at Mar-a-Lago the night he announced his candidacy. 

If elected to the governorship, she said she intended to serve her full term. Her defeat opens her up for the VP position. 

Following the night at Trump’s estate, Lake tweeted, “Such a special night at Mar-a-Lago with an amazing group of supporters and everyone’s favorite President. Thank you, President Trump, for your incredible support and endorsement. We love you!” 

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