Two county supervisors in Arizona who stalled certifying mid-term election results have been charged by the state’s attorney general with conspiracy and interfering with an election officer.
Judge McGinley’s ruling came three days after the Nov. 28, 2022, statutory deadline was missed. The failure of supervisors to certify the results before the state’s legal deadline was also found to be illegal. Cochise County was the only jurisdiction that did not certify the results by the deadline.
Mr. Crosby and Ms. Judd sought to push back certifying the results to review further claims the county’s voting equipment was not correctly certified under the law. The pair were seeking a hand count of all ballots. According to election officials, the machinery used during the election was approved correctly and functioning without malfunctions.
The third person on Cochise County’s Board of Supervisors, Anne English, voted against the motion to postpone the results. She is not facing any charges.
In a Nov. 29 press statement, Attorney General Kris Mayes, who in the past has vowed to prosecute anyone caught interfering in election results, has said her office will continue to fight to ensure free and fair elections.
“The repeated attempts to undermine our democracy are unacceptable,” she said.
“I took an oath to uphold the rule of law, and my office will continue to enforce Arizona’s elections laws and support our election officials as they carry out the duties and responsibilities of their offices,” Ms. Mayes added.
Attorney Dennis Wilenchik, representing Mr. Crosby, has told the media the interference charges against his client have no basis because the board certified its results before the statutory deadline for the secretary of state to canvass the statewide results. He believes the conspiracy charge is meritless and “nonsensical” because there was no agreement between the two supervisors to interfere with an election official.
“The indictment is the product of nothing but political partisanship,” Mr. Wilenchik said.
The attorney for Ms. Judd has not made any public statement yet. The Epoch Times has contacted Ms. Judd for comment on the indictment.
In a statement to The Epoch Times, Mr. Crosby’s attorney, Dennis Wilenchik, said there was no election interference or conspiracy, and he looked forward to proving the innocence of his client in court.
According to Mr. Wilenchik, his client had legitimate concerns expressed before certifying the canvass, which were ignored.
“His job was to assure election integrity, and he attempted to get answers to do so, and he should not be punished for it,” Mr. Wilenchik said.
“He committed no crime, had no intent of doing so, and we are confident his efforts to protect the public and to assure a fair election process will be fully vindicated.
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