(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) The Cochise County Board of Supervisors in Arizona has changed course, opting out of hand counting all ballots during the upcoming midterm elections after intervention on the part of Arizona Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs.
The board had initially voted to hand count all ballots, but after Hobbs threatened legal action, they reversed direction, deciding to hand count only some of the ballots, the Washington Examiner reported.
The Cochise County attorney also told the Board of Supervisors that he would not represent the county if they chose to go through with the hand count.
According to Allie Bones, the deputy secretary of state in Arizona, people must simply trust the experts to run a free and fair election and not try to double check the machine counts.
“There is nothing in the law that would permit them to do the full hand-count of all the ballots,” she said “You cannot do what you want to do.”
“We have a very descriptive law and procedures when it comes to election’s administration,” she added. “And those things have to be followed.”
Hobbs’ move starkly opposes what has recently happened in Nevada, whose Supreme Court upheld the hand-counting of ballots in the state earlier this week, despite the meddling of Democrat operative Marc Elias, who aided organizations in their attempt to banish the practice.
Hobbs’ campaign is in major trouble as she continues to lose ground to gubernatorial Republican opponent Kari Lake, so it appears that Hobbs is using every means at her disposal to gain an edge.
Further, Hobbs has demonstrated a track record of trying to aggressively intimidate those seeking election integrity and transparency.