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Arizona county misses election deadline

People wait outside the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors before the election certification meeting Associated Press/Photo by Matt York

Arizona county misses election deadline

Republican officials in Cochise County refused to certify election results by the Monday deadline due to concerns about ballot tabulators. Election officials have repeatedly stated that the equipment was properly tested. The Arizona secretary of state’s office and Democratic election attorney Marc Elias have both said they would sue if the county missed the deadline. Six of Arizona’s 15 counties had to certify their county’s election results Monday.

What did the other five counties do? The other five counties—Navajo, Coconino, Mohave, Maricopa, and Yavapai counties—have all voted to certify their election results. Navajo, Mohave, and Yavapai’s counties lean conservative. Coconino is staunchly Democratic. Voting machine malfunctions in Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest, sparked criticism from Republican governor contender Kari Lake, who has also filed a public records lawsuit seeking clarification about the malfunctions and their consequences. Preliminary election results show Lake lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by about 17,000 votes.

Dig deeper: Read my election night report in The Sift about the ballot printing problems in Maricopa County.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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