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Arizona County Approves Hand Recounts Despite Legal Threats From Katie Hobbs, Fontes Supporters

GOP State Rep Joel John, who endorsed Democrat Adrian Fontes for Secretary of State, threatened to lodge a legal complaint with the state Attorney General.

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The Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted to order a full hand recount of ballots for the upcoming elections, despite legal threats and warnings.

On Monday, the Board, comprised of two Republicans and one Democrat, voted in favor of ordering a hand recount of all ballots cast in the upcoming general election, after a four hour meeting with 100 attendees. The Arizona Republic reported that most of those carrying protest signs into the meeting supported the measure, although some protested against it.

Peggy Judd, one of the Republicans, said that the vote was about “the people,” and their right to vote and how they are “counted and feel confident in the election process.” Arizona has been a focus for those concerned with election integrity, following the statewide forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election.

However, Cochise County was warned by the office of current Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running against Kari Lake to be the next governor of Arizona, that the county would be sued if they voted in favor of the hand recount.

State Elections Services Director Kori Lorick called into the meeting, claiming that it would be “impossible to complete an accurate hand count of an election with dozens of races on the ballot without redirecting critical resources needed to run the election,” and that it would “jeopardize the county’s ability to conduct a fair and accurate election.”

Arizona State Rep Joel John, a Republican, threatened to launch a legal complaint with the state Attorney General, which “could result in the withholding and redistribution of Cochise County’s state shared revenue if the County is found to be in violation of state law.”

John claimed that the hand recount in Cochise would not be “consistent with… statutory requirements” regarding recounts, and would instead “divert finite time and resources away from the completion of these and other requirements, away from the accurate tabulation of votes, and away from the timely canvassing and certification of election results.”

“Arizonans deserve timely, secure, and accurate election results – not a redo of the Cyber Ninjas circus that made us the laughingstock [sic] of the nation,” John said in the letter, published before the meeting.

Arizona State Rep Mark Finchem, who is running to replace Hobbs as Secretary of State, slammed John’s letter on Twitter. “It will be of course be unfounded since there is no prohibition in law that prevents the supervisors from allowing hand counting,” Finchem tweeted. “Joel John is an utter disgrace.”

Despite being a Republican, John had endorsed Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, to take the Secretary of State position over the Republican nominee. Finchem has attacked his opponent for having “bungled” the 2018 and 2020 elections in Maricopa County, where he served as the County Recorder.

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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting



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    October 27, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Katie Hobbs does NOT want anyone checking her election fraud!

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    October 27, 2022 at 8:58 am


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    October 27, 2022 at 10:14 am

    1 county down, 3006 to go. Until you fix the other 3,006, don’t call me begging for money.

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      October 28, 2022 at 5:05 am

      Yep, lots of “nibbling around the edges” — we just “can’t handle the truth” which is just too hard to understand or explain.

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    October 27, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Or how about this, any voting machine hooked to the Internet, call me when everyone involved is in jail. These midterms already stink to high heaven.

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    October 27, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Smells like liberals on the loose.

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    October 27, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Election hand counts should be the rule, not the “exception”. Stuffing unattended ballot boxes should be ruled illegal in ANY State election. Especially in the deep blue States!

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    October 28, 2022 at 5:00 am

    We need to see up and down the ballot — checking the votes (and the records). The “chill” is on.

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    Frank 629

    October 29, 2022 at 7:58 am

    what are the dems afraid of …””the truth”””.

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    Phuck U. Biden

    October 29, 2022 at 10:10 am

    My Grandparents were life long Republicans and voted only for Republicans all of their life. That changed the moment they died because they have been voting Democrats ever since!

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    October 29, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    So what they are saying is that a hand count is not fair? It would not if it is done in 2020 fashion.If it is done honestly then why is it not fair——-

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    Grace Bruno

    October 30, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Isn’t there something called “Conflict of Interest”? Katie Hobbs running against Kari Lake and Hobbs is in charge of the election as Secretary of State. Anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

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