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Cochise supervisors should face charges, Terry Goddard, Rick Romley say

Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley (left) and former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley on Tuesday urged prosecutors to consider criminal charges against the Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify the county’s election Monday.

Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd have repeatedly questioned election procedures and also been warned that if they did not canvass their election Monday, the state deadline, they not only could disenfranchise voters in southeastern Arizona but also face criminal penalties.

The supervisors already are facing two civil cases, both seeking to force them to certify the election this week so the statewide canvass can include Cochise County votes Monday.

“Their votes against certification resulted in the three-member Board failing to perform its legal duty to certify the election,” said the letter from Goddard, a Democrat, and Romley, a Republican.