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The votes for the midterm elections have been counted and winners declared but the results cannot all be finalised yet as Republicans and Democrats battle in the courts over the contentious results in the swing states of Arizona and Pennsylvania. In particular anger is being directed from the Republican side to Arizona’s governor elect Katie Hobbs who was herself responsible for the conduct of the election in her state.
Ms Hobbs team have taken Republican controlled Cochise County in southeastern Arizona to curt because it refuses to certify the election which saw the Democrats win the Governor and Senate races over the Republicans.
Ms Hobbs, who narrowly beat MAGA favourite Kari Lake in the gubernatorial election, asked a judge to order county officials to canvass the election, which she said is an obligation under Arizona law.
Lawyers representing a Cochise County voter and a group of retirees filed a similar lawsuit Monday, the deadline for counties to approve the official tally of votes, known as the canvass.
Hobbs’ lawsuit asks the Cochise County Superior Court to order officials to certify by Thursday. Failing to certify would undermine the will of the county’s voters “and sow further confusion and doubt about the integrity of Arizona’s election system,” lawyers for Hobbs wrote.
“The Board of Supervisors had all of the information they needed to certify this election and failed to uphold their responsibility for Cochise voters,” Sophia Solis, a spokeswoman for Hobbs, said in an email.
But Ms Hobbs was already on the radar for Republicans, especially Trump supporters, when she used her position as Secretary of State for Arizona to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the state in the Presidential election in 2020.
Mr Trump has maintained that he was “cheated” of the election with “voter fraud” although no hard evidence has backed up the assertions.
One of the key states in that election was Arizona which was called early for the Democrats and Biden in 2020 raising further suspicions among Republicans backing Trump.
In her psotion as Secretary of State Ms Hobbs was also responsible for the organisation and conduct of the midterm elections in Arizona this year.
During the day Mr Trump promoted allegations of voting machines not working and lacking ballot papers with his suporters putting videos from various Arizona polling stations, making Ms Hobbs the focus of more allegations.
On the social media platform Truth Social, Mr Trump waded into the debate posting: “Massive numbers of “BROKEN” voting machines in Republican Districts on Election Day. Mechanics sent in to “FIX” them made them worse. Kari had to be taken to a Democrat area, which was working perfectly, to vote. Her opponent ran the Election. This is yet another criminal voting operation – SO OBVIOUS. Kari Lake should be installed Governor of Arizona. This is almost as bad as the 2020 Presidential Election, which the Unselect Committee refuses to touch because they know it was Fraudulent!”
Meanwhile, Ms Lake, who challenged the Presidential election result in 2020 and supported allegations of fraud, made it clear she was not accepting defeat in the midterm governor race.
She posted: “Arizonans have no Faith & Trust in our Elections. Our Election Officials are incompetent (…or worse) They have failed us.
“The Fake News ignores our Fake Elections and expect us to just ‘move on.’ We won’t.
“America will NOT survive if we don’t demand Election Reform NOW.”
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Meanwhile, another dispute is going on in Pennsylvania where the Democrat candidate John Fetterman won the Senate seat off the Republicans.
Officials in a northeastern Pennsylvania county where paper shortages caused Election Day ballot problems deadlocked Monday on whether to report official vote tallies to the state, effectively preventing their certification of the results.
Two Democratic members of the Luzerne County Board of Elections and Voter Registration voted to certify, both Republicans voted “no” and the fifth member, Democrat Daniel Schramm, abstained.
Courts have ordered counties to certify elections by Monday, however, the dispute looks set to go on.
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