Thursday, November 20, 2014

UPDATE, MCSALLY/BARBER RECOUNT: Cochise County Approves Canvass, Rejects Barber Bid To Approve More Ballots

The Cochise County Board of Supervisors this morning approved the official canvass of the November 4 election results, rejecting a bid by attorneys for Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) to order the counting of ballots by voters who were allegedly misdirected by election workers.

GOP challenger Martha McSally will take a 161-vote lead to the official certification of the election (Dec. 1) and the automatic recount that will follow.

The Cochise Supervisors' decision follows that of the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Monday. In front of them, Barber attorney Kevin Hamilton pleaded the cause of at least 132 voters who signed sworn statements detailing how they had been given incorrect information and had not had their provisional ballots counted.  Cochise County has a much smaller - and, less Democratic - portion of the toss-up Congressional District 2, but Hamilton said that Rep. Barber believes that "just because mistakes are made doesn't mean voters get disenfranchised."

More details to follow.

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