On Thursday, an Arizona court ordered officials in Cochise County to certify their local midterm elections after they missed Monday’s statewide legal deadline.
The refusal by two of the three members of the Cochise board of supervisors to certify was a response to problems on Election Day with printers in Maricopa County, problems that — despite the Maricopa officials having confirmed that the issues did not disenfranchise any voters — have ballooned into the now-familiar cries of foul play and conspiracy-tinged protest.
The Cochise officials’ refusal, which prompted a lawsuit from Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, is a reminder of the toxic staying power of election denial, even after the defeat last month of several high-profile candidates who were beholden to partisan lies about election fraud.
And as Maricopa County continues to be a hotbed of election conspiracy theories, American Oversight has obtained text messages from last year’s discredited “audit” of the county’s 2020 vote. They include numerous exchanges between Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and Trump-allied election deniers.
Gov. Abbott’s Anti-Trans Directive
On Tuesday, we filed an amicus brief in Lambda Legal and the ACLU’s lawsuit over the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ implementation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s February directive calling for the provision of gender-affirming care for trans youth to be investigated as child abuse.