Republican-Controlled Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors Unanimously Certifies Election Results

By Scott Bourque
Published: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:19pm

Maricopa County Elections Department opening envelopes
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Maricopa County election workers process early ballots by removing them from ballot envelopes to prep ballots for counting in October 2020.

In a unanimous vote, the Republican-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has officially certified the county’s 2020 election canvass, making the county’s election results official.

The nearly three-hour canvass meeting addressed several issues that some voters felt may have affected the results, including the use of Sharpie pens, overvotes, and the contractor that the county leased tabulation machines from.

The board’s chairman, Republican Clint Hickman, said he had absolute confidence in the county’s election results — even if he may not have liked some of those results personally.

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"In a free democracy, elections result in some people’s candidate losing," Hickman said. "I was disappointed in the outcome of a couple races, and I was extremely happy with the outcome in others. But I’m not going to violate the law or deviate from my moral compass, as some have pushed me to do, and some have probably pushed others to do here."

During the hearing, Tom Liddy, an election attorney who represented the county in several court cases regarding the election, said this election was the best he’d seen in his 25-year career.

"This is the best election I’ve ever seen in my life, in terms of turnout and accuracy," Liddy said. "The best I’ve ever seen in my life. And I’ve been looking at them ... like I said, I got hired to start doing it in ‘95, elections, special elections all over the place, I’ve been doing this a long time. This is the best one I’ve ever seen."

Every Arizona county except Mohave and Coconino has now formally certified its canvass, which, under state law, must be completed by Monday.

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