Democrat Fontes wins race for Arizona Secretary of State

He was also a leading supporter of a GOP-controlled state Senate-authorized review of all ballots cast in Maricopa County in November 2020 — which bipartisan election officials, as well as the Republican-controlled Maricopa County government called it an unprofessional fishing expedition. .

Finchem also called for the 2020 election to be decertified — which is not legally possible — and called for restricting early voting in the state.

Fontes served as the Maricopa County Recorder, the county chief electoral officer, for four years after narrowly winning the job in 2016. Fontes lost a close election to Republican Stephen Richer in 2020. Richer went on to defended the county’s handling of the 2020 election during the state Senate’s review of ballots there, which did not support any legitimate allegations of fraud.


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