A volunteer helps with a mock election at the Pima County Health Department's Abrams facility in June. (Gerry Loew / Pima County)
A volunteer helps with a mock election at the Pima County Health Department's Abrams facility in June. (Gerry Loew / Pima County)

On Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved the county’s 2022 general election results by a 4-1 vote. 

A recount is expected in the Arizona attorney general race between Republican Abe Hamadeh and Democrat Kris Mayes. Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction race is also near the recount margin.

Supervisor Steve Christy was the only dissenting vote on the 2022 election canvass, citing concerns about board members not being given adequate time to review the results before the scheduled vote and Arizona’s current Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, certifying election results that included her own win in the governor’s race.

The bigger picture

This article from Time magazine details how members of both parties called on Hobbs to recuse herself from election-related duties, comparing the situation to Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election in which Stacey Abrams and others called on her opponent Brian Kemp to step down as secretary of state. 

Should a sitting Secretary of State recuse themselves from certifying elections in which they are up for office?