Arizona AG pressures Mohave County to abandon hand counting ballots in 2024

by Summer Lane

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Democrat Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes recently sent a letter this week to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, warning them there would be “legal consequences” that were “serious” if they chose to hand count ballots in the upcoming 2024 election.

Her letter came just before the board was set on Monday to vote on whether they would hand-count their ballots in the November 2024 presidential election. According to the Arizona Mirror, the vote initially hinged on whether Chairman Travis Lingenfelter would vote yes (he voted against hand-counting ballots this summer).

The attorney general’s letter warned, “Before you take that vote, I want to make sure you know that a ‘yes’ vote would direct your Elections Department to violate the law.”

On Monday, after the AG sent her letter, the board voted against authorizing the hand-count of ballots for the 2024 presidential election. Arizona Sun Times reporter Rachel Alexander stated on X that the vote was by a very narrow margin.

She wrote, “The Mohave County Supervisors’ chair Travis Lingenfelter was the deciding vote…It was clear based on his comments during the meeting that he is a solid election fraud denier, scared of the progressives suing the county.”

AG Mayes further confirmed the Mohave County’s vote in an official statement. She said, “The Board’s decision to adhere to state-mandated procedures for ballot counting avoids potential legal complications and reinforces public trust in the integrity of our elections.”

Interestingly, this decision by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors in the wake of AG Mayes’ letter comes as the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals made an important ruling for election integrity.  

On Monday, the court struck down an important part of the Voting Rights Act, which has enabled private citizens or private groups to sue state or local governments regarding elections. According to The New York Times, the “language” of the act did not explicitly give private citizens or civil rights groups the right to sue.

Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk described the ruling as a big win for election integrity, explaining on X:

“For decades, random citizens have been allowed to sue state or local governments to throw out voter ID, signature verification, or other election practices that supposedly constitute ‘discrimination.’ This law has encouraged well-funded groups to sue every government, however minor, that has any election security measures. Many jurisdictions fear passing any laws at all because they don’t want to deal with the legal costs and hassle.”

He added, “The tide is shifting. 2024 is not 2020. We can win — and the left is starting to panic.”

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