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 December 9, 2022

Despite controversies, Arizona certifies 2022 election results

Though it wasn't without plenty of controversies that could still take some time to play out in the courts, Arizona certified its election on Monday, Fox News reports.

The election certification process covered all bases, from the gubernatorial race to the various statewide races.

In attendance with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, who also happens to be the Arizona secretary of state, formally certified the results.

The certification process wasn't without a little controversy as well.

"Proliferated misinformation"

Hobbs, who won a razor-thin race against her Republican opponent, Kari Lake, seemingly took a shot at Lake during the certification event.

"Arizona had a successful election," Hobbs said, with Ducey beside her. "But too often throughout the process, powerful voices proliferated misinformation that threatened to disenfranchise voters."

The "powerful voices" Hobbs hinted at was likely a shot at Lake, who has contested the election process, especially in Maricopa County, from start to finish.

Fox News noted: "Objections from Arizona Republicans nearly threatened to delay the certification and potentially discount thousands of ballots cast. Local officials in GOP-controlled Cochise County claimed the machines used to tabulate ballots were not certified, but federal and state elections officials said they were."

A judge eventually had to intervene to allow the certification process to move forward.

Lake and her camp have also expressed strong disapproval of Hobbs, the secretary of state, running the election, given that she was a gubernatorial candidate. Fox noted that it's typical in such situations that the current secretary of state remains in charge of the process as usual.

Investigation demanded

The Arizona Republican Party joined forces with Lake and other high-profile Arizona Republicans in demanding that Hobbs be investigated after it was revealed in lawsuit discovery documents that her office had successfully been able to have Twitter posts removed and censored.

It's unclear whether or not investigations into Hobbs will come at a state level.

But House Republicans, when they assume majority control at the start of the 118th Congress in January, might have something to say about it. They're already interested in hearings involving the Twitter employees who worked under old management and made crucial, narrative-shaping censorship decisions.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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