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The Chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Certifies the Election Reluctantly
Ron Gould, chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, stated on Monday that he decided to canvass the general election in Arizona in 2022 because he would otherwise be arrested. Ron Gould said on Monday’s The Gaydos and Chad Show on KTAR News 92.3 FM.”
What we learned today from the county attorney is, basically, if I have a question about how our election is run and I don’t get my question answered, I have no choice but to canvass the election, which is the technical word for certifying it.
I risk felony charges if I don’t. The 2022 midterm elections are certified by Maricopa County, leaving Cochise as the lone holdout. GOP-controlled Cochise County rejects certification of the 2022 election. The board approved the elections on Monday along with the state’s largest county, initially as a political statement over tabulator problems at some Maricopa County voting locations; Cochise County was the last remaining holdout as of the deadline on Monday.
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As a political statement to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to express our displeasure with how their election was handled, we initially decided to postpone it from last Monday’s meeting, he explained. Gould clarified that they made the political statement because it disenfranchises the smaller, rural counties when elections in the state’s most populous county are conducted incorrectly.
“I discovered I had no choice but to certify or I would be arrested,” he continued. I’m not happy with that system. Gould asserted that some county voters did not want him to certify the results, nevertheless. Similar to Cochise County, the county may have faced ambiguity in the future if it hadn’t canvassed the election.
If the supervisors don’t certify the statewide canvass by the deadline of December 5, the county’s vote would be disregarded. The Cochise County Board of Supervisors was sued Monday night by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs for failing to certify the election by the state’s mandated deadline of November 28.