Headline RoundupNovember 22nd, 2022

Arizona Counties Delay Certification of 2022 Election Results

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The Board of Supervisors in Mohave County, Arizona moved to delay certification of its 2022 midterm election results after Cochise County enacted a similar delay, citing Election Day-issues with voting machines in Maricopa County.

Key Quote:  "Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election," Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright wrote in a letter to the county attorney's office on Saturday. A member of Mohave County's Board of Supervisors called the move "a statement of solidarity with other counties who are doing this." 

For Context: Dozens of polling stations in Maricopa County ran out of paper ballots on Election Day and machines at some polling places weren't working properly, impacting roughly 17,000 voters. Republican Kari Lake has refused to concede the state's gubernatorial race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, claiming that the issues disenfranchised her supporters.

How the Media Covered it: Right-rated outlets highlighted this story prominently, while few left- and center-rated sources covered it. Fox News featured the story in one of the top spots on its homepage Tuesday morning. Insider's headline said the delay was based on "unproven voting machine claims."

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