The Results Of Election 2022 Is Delayed: Two Arizona Republican Officials Are Charged For Delaying The Results

The top prosecutor in the state of Arizona said on Wednesday that two Republican officials in a rural area of the state had been charged with a crime for postponing the certification of the results of the 2022 election.

The Results Of Election 2022 Is Delayed: Two Arizona Republican Officials Are Charged For Delaying The Results

A state grand jury returned an indictment accusing Terry Thomas “Tom” Crosby, 64, of Sierra Vista, and Peggy Suzanne Judd, 61, of Willcox, of the felonies of conspiracy and interfering with an election officer. Currently employed as supervisors in Cochise County, which borders Mexico, are Judd and Crosby.

“The repeated attempts to undermine our democracy are unacceptable,” Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

The indictment, which was submitted to Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday, asserts that Judd and Crosby plotted to postpone the tallying of votes cast in Cochise County during the November election on or around October 11–Dec. 1, 2022. The prosecution claims that by intentionally impeding the Cochise County vote canvassing from taking place within the legally mandated time frame, Judd and Crosby prevented the Arizona Secretary of State from finishing the state-wide canvass for the 2022 election.

Crosby’s lawyer Dennis Wilenchik described the charge as “nothing but political partisanship.” He termed the claims “baseless,” and he promised to vigorously defend himself in a statement.

“The conspiracy is solely based on an alleged ‘agreement’ to interfere that is nonexistent, as there was none,” said Wilenchik, who also referred to the interference charge as “nonsensical.”

The Cochise County spokesperson, Jane Montgomery, confirmed that each supervisor will be in charge of their own legal representation but declined to comment on the indictment when contacted by the Associated Press.

The indictment represents a unique opportunity to prosecute individuals criminally who were involved in the ballot canvassing that took place in six Arizona counties last year. Cochise County finally certified election results in December 2022 after a judge determined that Republicans Crosby and Judd had broken the law by failing to approve the vote count by the deadline.

According to Crosby and Judd, they were not convinced that the voting tabulation machines had the necessary certifications to be utilised in elections. This led to lawsuits, one of which was filed by Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs at the time.

Following the judge’s directive, Judd voted in favour of election certification alongside Ann English, the only Democrat among the three board members. That meeting was not attended by Crosby.

Earlier this month, Judd and Crosby were both summoned to appear in court. English was not charged or served with a subpoena.

Judd and Crosby informed the Associated Press at the time that they were unaware of the reason behind their subpoena.

“I don’t feel like I broke a law. But, obviously the courts had different feelings,” Judd said.

Most of the nation’s election results were validated without any problems last year. However, in response to pressure from certain Republicans, the six counties in Arizona declined to fulfil the certification date. It turned out that Democrats won the U.S. Senate, the governorship, and other statewide elections in this now-swing state.

Since President Biden was declared the victor of the 2020 election—becoming the second Democrat to win the state in seven decades—Arizona has been the scene of numerous electoral challenges.

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