Arizona County Assigns Election Responsibilities to Election Integrity Champion County Recorder

The Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 on Tuesday to turn over management of elections to Cochise County Recorder David Stevens. Cochise County made national headlines last fall when the board attempted to conduct a full hand count of the midterm election and tried to delay certification of the results.

Stevens supported the hand count but was thwarted by then-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and progressive attorney Marc Elias, whose law firm sued the board.

Democratic Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is already considering taking action to stop the move. In an email to Arizona Public Media, she said she sent a letter to the board with “serious questions.” She added, “My office will be reviewing all legal options available to us regarding this matter.”

Republican Supervisor Peggy Judd expressed her skepticism of Mayes’ letter, stating, “She just wanted to tell us something to stop us.”

From the 1950s to 2016, Maricopa County had an agreement with its county recorder to oversee elections.

Read the rest of the article at The Arizona Sun Times