As Cochise County counts ballots, voters wait to see fate of groundwater initiative

Published: Monday, November 14, 2022 - 4:34pm

Voters in southeast Arizona got to weigh in on a pair of initiatives that would create local boards to regulate groundwater use, but it could be a while before they know the results.

On election night, Graham County reported that one of the initiatives, Prop. 420, had failed.

The initiative also appeared to fail In Cochise County.

But voters in that county had two groundwater initiatives, and Prop. 422, which would create a management area in the Douglas Basin, appeared to pass.

It may be some time before voters know if it did or not, because Cochise County remains locked in a controversy over hand counting ballots.

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