Cochise County Republicans Indicted in Arizona for 2022 Election Subversion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes (D) announced today that an Arizona grand jury returned an indictment charging two of the three Cochise County supervisors with felony offenses for their refusal to certify the 2022 general election. 

Two Republican supervisors, Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby, are charged with two felonies including interference with an election officer and conspiracy. The lone Democratic supervisor, Ann English, who voted to certify the 2022 election results, was not indicted.

The indictment alleges that the pair “knowingly interfered with the efforts of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to complete the canvas of the 2022 Statewide General Election, by preventing the Cochise County Board of Supervisors from canvassing the election within the time period required by law, and preventing the timely transmission of the county’s returns to the Secretary of State’s Office for inclusion in the statewide canvass.” 

This indictment comes after the Cochise County supervisors were embroiled in controversy during the 2022 midterms for: 

  • Attempting illegal hand counts, 
  • Refusing to certify election results and
  • Suing their own election director. 

Luckily, as a result of pro-democracy lawsuits, the Republican Cochise County duo were not able to conduct a full hand count audit of all mail-in ballots as they attempted to do nor were they able to prevent the certification of election results. Unfortunately, Cochise County Elections Director, Lisa Marra, ended up resigning from her role, citing an “outrageous and physically and emotionally threatening” working atmosphere. 

Read the indictment here.

Learn more about attempted election subversion in Cochise County, Arizona here.