AZ AARP v. Crosby – Cochise County Hand Count (AZ)
On Nov. 3, 2022, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs submitted an amicus brief in support of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans (AZ AARP) in the case AZ AARP v. Crosby in Cochise County Superior Court. The States United Democracy Center and Coppersmith Brockelman Plc served as pro bono outside counsel on the brief.
In the case, plaintiff AZ AARP asked the court to prohibit the Cochise County Board of Supervisors from conducting a full hand count of every ballot cast in the state. The plaintiff argued that such a hand count would be in violation of Arizona law. Hobbs said the board’s vote to expand the hand count was motivated by baseless conspiracy theories and raised serious concerns regarding ballot chain of custody. In the brief, she argued that:
- Counties have the authority to conduct only a limited post-election hand count of ballots under Arizona law;
- Any hand count of all ballots—by untrained staff and untested methods—would be inaccurate, endanger the security of cast ballots, and threaten the county’s timely certification of the election, as required by law; and
- A full hand count based on unfounded conspiracy theories would set a dangerous precedent and inject chaos into the administration of the election.
At the time of the filing of the amicus brief, the case was set for a Nov. 4 evidentiary hearing in the Cochise County Superior Court.
The court held an evidentiary hearing on Nov. 4. On Nov. 7, Judge Casey F. McGinley ruled that Cochise County may not conduct a full hand count of every ballot and must instead conduct only a limited hand-count, as required by Arizona law.
- AZ AARP v. Crosby Complaint
- AZ AARP Petition for Writ of Mandamus or in the Alternative Motion for Preliminary Injunction
- Secretary Hobbs’ Amicus Brief
- Defendant Cochise County Recorder David Stevens’ Motion to Dismiss
- Judge’s Order Granting Writ of Mandamus and Preliminary Injunction
- Defendants’ Notice of Appeal