Senators Sonny Borrelli and Wendy Rogers traveled to Florence on Wednesday to preach the gospel of hand counting to Pinal County’s Republican-led oversight board.
It urges Arizona counties to do away with reliable and efficient ballot counting machines in favor of manual counting, which experts say is unreliable, inefficient and costly. It was the latest destination in a months-long effort to persuade.
Borelli and Rogers’ efforts yielded mixed results.
Mojave County regulators on Tuesday backtracked on plans to manually count all 2024 ballots, rejecting a proposal drafted by the county’s elections officials at the commission’s orders.
Mojave County Commissioner Travis Lingenfelter said the count was too costly given the manpower and time required to complete it in a timely manner.
In Florence, Borelli tried to convince the board that hundreds of volunteers were standing by to help with the effort.
He also disputed the allegation that handcount violated state law.
“I’ve had arguments with some county attorneys, saying, ‘Tell me where the law allows me to hand count,'” Borrelli said. “And I said, ‘Show me where it’s not.'”
Attorneys for Pinal County have advised the board to wait until the lawsuit resolves its underlying disagreements before taking any action.
The Arizona Court of Appeals is considering an appeal from Cochise County officials who barred Republican officials from hand-counting the 2022 general election by a trial court judge.