Two officials in Arizona charged for 2022 election interference

Two officials in Arizona charged for 2022 election interference

Cochise County supervisors Peggy Judd, 61, and Tom Crosby, 64, conspired to delay the certification of votes cast in Cochise County in the November 2022 general election, according to the state indictment.

Judd and Crosby did not immediately return Reuters’ requests for comment.

The two supervisors sought delays including by requesting hand counts of ballots as they raised questions about whether county voting machines were properly certified, even though they had received legal advice that such delays would be illegal, the Arizona Republic reported.

“The repeated attempts to undermine our democracy are unacceptable,” Mayes said in a statement. “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.”

If convicted, they face a penalty of up to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $150,000 fine, the Arizona Republic said.

The tactic of questioning voting machines was also used by supporters of former President Donald Trump following the 2020 presidential election as part of his false claims that election fraud put Joe Biden in the White House. Trump now faces federal and Georgia state charges over his efforts to undo his election defeat.

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