The Arizona Legislature is set to reconvene on January 8, 2024.
The 2022 election in Arizona was marred by controversy, with allegations of rigging and theft following the failure of 60% of voting machines on election day in the state’s largest county. The Republican nominee for Arizona Attorney General, Abe Hamadeh, who was endorsed by former President Trump, reportedly lost by a mere 280 votes out of over 2.5 million ballots cast.
The Attorney General, Kris Mayes, is now reportedly targeting election officials who have questioned the legitimacy of her election and are advocating for more transparent and honest elections in the future.
As reported by The Gateway Pundit, a grand jury has indicted Republican Cochise County Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd on felony charges of Interference with an Election Officer and Conspiracy. This indictment was brought about because they sought to ensure the accuracy of the 2022 election results through a hand count audit before officially certifying the results.
This action is legal under Arizona law. ARS 16-622(A) grants Arizona County Supervisors the discretion to canvass election results, and ARS 16-602(B) mandates County Supervisors to conduct a hand count audit of “at least two percent of the precincts in that county.”
In a previous incident, Katie Hobbs, the former Secretary of State and questionably elected Governor, sued Cochise County for not certifying her election, which was also marred by the failure of 60% of voting machines in Maricopa County. Peggy Judd, the Republican Chairwoman of Cochise County, later voted to certify the election under duress, along with Democrat Ann English. However, Tom Crosby, the third vote, refused to attend the certification meeting, making him the only County Supervisor in Arizona who did not vote to certify the controversial 2020 election.
Hobbs also allegedly threatened to incarcerate Mohave County Supervisors if they did not vote to certify the election.
According to attorney Bryan Blehm, who is still fighting to overturn the 2022 election on behalf of Kari Lake, Mayes is weaponizing her legal authority to suppress opposition. Blehm sarcastically stated, “If you don’t agree with Kris Mayes’ interpretation of the law, then we will send you to jail. She wants to do for Arizona, I think, what Joseph Stalin did for the Soviet Union.”
The Maricopa County Republicans' resolution also highlights discrepancies in Pinal County’s election, where a recount revealed hundreds of misread votes. Public records later revealed that the Pinal County canvass report was never balanced and compared to the number of ballots cast.
The Pinal County Elections Director reportedly fled the state after receiving a $25,000 bonus to run the election, despite significant errors and her failure to disclose these issues. This followed a primary election disaster where the elections department sent 63,000 incorrect ballots to Pinal County voters, and the county ran out of Republican Primary ballots.
The resolution states, “Issues like those that occurred in Maricopa County and Pinal County raise significant questions about the legitimacy of Kris Mayes’ election as Attorney General in the 2022 General Election, which are still being litigated in the Arizona courts.”
The resolution further accuses Mayes of abusing her prosecutorial powers as the Arizona Attorney General by bringing charges against Cochise County Supervisors Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby. It alleges that Mayes is attempting to intimidate all County Supervisors from performing their duties to ensure future elections are fair, accurate, and transparent.
If a majority of the Arizona House votes to bring charges, the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court will preside over a Senate impeachment trial. According to sources, Rep. David Cook and House Speaker Ben Toma may hesitate to vote to bring charges against Kris Mayes.
The Arizona Supreme Court explains that impeachment is a political process designed to deal with public officials accused of committing high crimes, misdemeanors, or misconduct in office. The person is charged, tried, and, if convicted, removed from office.
Abe Hamadeh’s War Room account reposted the resolution and criticized Kris Mayes for “lashing out” at those who tried to question her election.