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The state attorney general in Arizona has accused two Republican county supervisors of participating in a planned scheme to postpone the certification of the 2022 election, resulting in felony charges for both individuals.
On Monday, a local CBS news station reported that Peggy Judd and Terry Crosby, supervisors in Cochise County, were indicted on charges of interfering with an election officer and participating in a felony conspiracy.
KTVK reported that the accusations are related to a disagreement following the 2022 election. Ms Judd and Mr Crosby refused to assist in the tallying of ballots and advocated for a manual count of approximately 44,000 out of the 47,000 ballots in the county. Despite a court ruling, Mr Crosby remained defiant and did not comply.
“I do not believe that I have violated any laws. However, the court’s opinion differs,” Ms. Judd stated in an interview with the Associated Press in November after being served a subpoena by the grand jury that had indicted her on Monday.
The pair are vocal opponents of electronic voting machines, which have not been shown to cause or enable widespread fraud. Their objections mirror those of former Republican president, Donald Trump, whose campaign propagated false theories about Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems’ election equipment following the 2020 election.
“The ongoing efforts to undermine our democratic system are not acceptable,” stated the Secretary of State of Arizona in a statement to the Associated Press.
“I have pledged to uphold the legal system, and my team will continue to enforce the election laws of Arizona and provide assistance to our election officials in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities,” stated Secretary Kris Mayes.