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100% ballot hand-count blocked; Arizona county plowing ahead

A proposal for votes to be hand-counted alongside a machine count in Cochise County has sparked statewide controversy as Election Day nears.

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November 11

The board of supervisors in a southern Arizona county will meet next week to consider counting nearly all the ballots cast in-person on Election Day, despite an earlier court order limiting the hand-count driven by unfounded distrust in machines that tabulate votes.

The actual count may start before Tuesday’s planned meeting of the Cochise County board, and the local prosecutor is warning starting it at any time may lead to criminal charges.

The moves come just days after a judge ruled that state law bars expanding…

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