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Arizona Republicans Peggy Judd (left) and Tom Crosby (right) | Credits: AP
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Arizona GOP officials accused of 2022 election interference

Washington, United States: Two republican county commissioners, named Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby, have been accused of felony interference and conspiracy for attempting to delay certification during the 2022 elections. The judgment was passed by a grand jury on Wednesday, and it was passed by Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes.

According to the reports by news agency Reuters, the statement indictment read that the supervisors of Cochise – 61-year-old Peggy Judd and 64-year-old Tom Crosby have been accused of delaying the certification of votes that were cast in Cochise County during the November 2022 general election.

The two supervisors sought postponements, including asking for manual tallies of ballots and expressing concerns about the proper certification of county voting machines. Interestingly, despite receiving legal counsel indicating that such delays would be unlawful, as reported by the Arizona Republic.

Attorney General Mayes, through a statement, expressed, “The repeated attempts to undermine our democracy are unacceptable,” according to the reports by Reuters.

She further added, “I took an oath to uphold the rule of law, and my office will continue to enforce Arizona’s elections laws and support our election officials as they carry out the duties and responsibilities of their offices.”

Remarks by Attorney of Crosby

According to the remarks by Crosby’s attorney, Dennis Wilenchik, the questions asked by his client about the canvass were all valid, and he did not intend to delay it.

Arizona Official Tom Crosby | Credits: Herald/Review

Wilenchik took his official email to address the concern and highlighted, “We are confident that when the facts are reviewed impartially rather than by a partisan effort under the guise of law enforcement, Mr. Crosby will be fully vindicated of any charges. There was no crime here of interference or any conspiracy either.”

The news agency Reuters underscored that their request for comment was not immediately responded to by Judd.

Punishment for Judd and Crosby, if convicted

According to the official statement by the Arizona Republic, the Republican county supervisors will face a penalty of around two and a half years (2½ years) in prison and a fine of around US$ 150,000.

Arizona Official Peggy Judd | Credits: Herald/Review

In addition to this, the supporters of former President Donald Trump also questioned voting machines following the 2020 presidential election. At that time, Trump claimed that election fraud was behind the victory of Joe Biden.

However, Donald Trump has been facing federal as well as state charges in Georgia over his efforts to undo his defeat during the previous presidential elections.

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