As an Arizona county prepares to spend up to $1 million in state money to test anti-counterfeit features on ballots, it appears the project was tailored for one company in particular that has pushed the idea with the help of political allies in the state for more than two years.
More rural counties toyed with the prospect of hand counting ballots in the 2024 election this week, on the urging of two state lawmakers, a handful of board members and constituents with election trust issues.
We’re peeved about the costly elections-related tussles in Cochise County: failed attempts to conduct an illegal 100% hand count of ballots; a lawsuit filed by two supervisors during an Open Meeting Law violation to compel our elections director to break the law; the intentional delay of canvassing election results and the transfer of election duties to our partisan election skeptic recorder.
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors’ vote to hire Bob Bartelsmeyer, former La Paz County elections director, to take over the election operations, drew criticism as some cited his social media posts dabbling in election denial sentiments.
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement to reorganize election duties under Recorder David Stevens in a 2-1 partisan vote.
After a judge blocked the Cochise County Board of Supervisors’ attempt at a full hand count of ballots on Monday, Cochise County Recorder David Stevens moved forward with a hand count anyways, and his attorneys filed an appeal in the case.
The Secretary of State’s office is warning the Cochise County Board of Supervisors that it will sue the county if it tries to do a full hand count of all ballots in the November general election.