What to know about Cochise supervisors who defied Arizona election law

Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby have put Cochise County in the national spotlight with a series of legal adventures that have propelled them to the forefront of election skepticism and landed them in court.

From a rural, scenic corner of southeastern Arizona, the two Republican supervisors have tried to throw sand in the gears of the election process, from an attempt last month to hand count every ballot cast to deliberately missing the deadline to certify election results.

For their efforts, they and the county have been sued for violating election law. They have drawn admiration from election deniers, condemnation from outraged Democrats and amusement from onlookers.

Here is some background on the duo, who appear to be testing the bounds of public and legal patience. It should be noted that the two have not complained about the wins chalked up by GOP candidates on the Cochise County ballot.

Board Chairwoman Ann English, the only Democrat on the three-member panel, has watched in exasperation as her colleagues have defied legal advice and plowed ahead with votes that have turned into legal bait.

“How many times do you have to willfully not follow the law?” English asked.

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Judd is a two-term supervisor from the county’s northern city of Willcox, where she was born and raised.

She served one term in the Arizona House of Representatives a decade ago, where she was a quiet backbencher more noted for the constant companionship of her husband than for her legislative priorities.

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