Is the US ready for a third-party presidential candidate?
Past campaign cycles have shown that as election day gets closer, support for alternate candidates usually wanes.LEARN MORE
A grand jury in Arizona's Maricopa County Superior Court decided to indict Cochise County supervisors Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby.
Officials in a rural Arizona county who delayed canvassing the 2022 general election results have been criminally charged, the state's top prosecutor said Wednesday.
A grand jury in Maricopa County Superior Court has indicted Cochise County supervisors Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby on one count each of conspiracy and interference of an election officer.
"The repeated attempts to undermine our democracy are unacceptable," Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, said in a statement. "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."
Judd and Crosby did not immediately respond to requests via text and email for comment.
Jane Montgomery, spokesperson for Cochise County, declined to comment. She confirmed both supervisors will be responsible for their own legal representation.
The indictment marks a rare instance of criminally prosecuting people connected to the vote canvassing being dragged out last year in six Arizona counties.
In December 2022, Cochise County certified election results only after a judge ruled Crosby and Judd, both Republicans, were breaking the law by refusing to sign off on the vote count by the deadline.
Crosby and Judd said they weren’t satisfied that the machines used to tabulate ballots were properly certified for use in elections. This prompted lawsuits, including one from then-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat.
After the judge's order, Judd joined Ann English, the lone Democrat on the three-member board, in voting to certify the election. Crosby did not attend that meeting.
Judd and Crosby both were subpoenaed to court earlier this month. English was not subpoenaed or indicted.
At the time, Judd and Crosby said they had no idea why they were being subpoenaed. Crosby was shocked.
"I don't feel like I broke a law. But, obviously the courts had different feelings," Judd said.
Last year, election results were certified without issue throughout most of the country. But in Arizona, the six counties hesitated to meet the certification deadline amid pressure from some Republicans. Democrats ended up winning U.S. Senate, governor and other statewide races in what has now become a swing state.
Arizona has been a hotbed of election conspiracies since President Joe Biden in 2020 became only the second Democrat in seven decades to win the state. There is concern that partisan election officials could interfere with the orderly counting and certification of votes in next year's presidential election, which is shaping up to be a rematch of the contentious 2020 contest.
Both sides agreed progress is being made in discussions on funding the government, but they remain majorly at odds on funding for foreign aid.
Michigan is the last major state primary before Super Tuesday, and is expected to be a swing state in the 2024 general election.
Terrence Bradley, the former divorce attorney of Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade, is testifying about Wade's romance with Fani Willis.
At least one executive attached to the car project was reassigned to report to Apple's head of AI strategy.
Winter was put on pause for some areas of the U.S., while others like the Pacific Northwest saw powerful snowfall that tied up traffic
Prosecutors say the man and others killed about 3,600 birds during a yearslong “killing spree” on the Flathead Indian Reservation and elsewhere.