Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs says the state is “ready” for a potential legal challenge from the Trump campaign on Thursday morning, saying there was “no real legal basis” to stop the counting of votes. Former Vice President Joe Biden currently holds an advantage in Arizona and CBS News estimates it to be a possible win for the Democrats.
“There is no legal basis for us to stop counting ballots honestly,” Hobbs said on “CBS This Morning”. “We do not have a postmark deadline in Arizona. Our ballots have to be received. We are counting those votes. “
President’s campaign has already been submittedGeorgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan along with other major states. In Wisconsin, where CBS News projects Biden as the winner, the Trump campaign called for an official withdrawal.
As of Thursday morning, Biden was leading Mr. Trump by more than 68,000 votes in Arizona. According to Hobbs “just under 450,000 outstanding ballots” – most of those in Maricopa County, home to the state’s most populous region and the capital Phoenix.
“If that’s the speed they’re going for, I think we should have a good indicator of where we’re at, you know, late tomorrow,” she said.
Gathering at a Maricopa County ballot processing center on Wednesday night, officials chanted for “counting the votes” and accused election workers of serious practices
Hobbes dismissed her presence as merely a “distraction”, and that none of the accused quipped, “It ain’t happening.”
“They are protesting to count the votes and that is what Maricopa County election officials are doing,” she said.
Hobbs also said that both Republican and Democrat observers have been allowed into the tabulation chamber, which helps connect cameras installed in “every tabulation room across the state”.
“Anyone can go online to the election office in any county and watch the proceedings – and that happens all the time,” he said.
When asked about unrelated claims that Arizona ballots were marked with a sharpe, he was disqualified in the state, Hobbes called it “absolutely baseless”.
“This is purely a non-case, election workers are not going to give pen to voters who will intentionally invalidate their ballot” she said. “Every single validly cast ballot is being counted regardless of the pen you use.”