Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was thanked for “exhibiting others the way it’s performed” after assembly with Governor-elect Katie Hobbs to debate transition procedures earlier than Hobbs is about to take workplace in January.
Hobbs, a Democrat who’s at present serving as Arizona’s secretary of state, posted photos of her assembly with Ducey, a Republican, on her Twitter account Wednesday. The governor-elect mentioned she was “so grateful for the assist and steering” from Ducey’s workplace to date, and promised to facilitate “a easy transition” between the 2 leaders.
Arizona state Consultant Marcelino Quiñonez reposted Hobbs’ photographs, calling the assembly between the 2 “management at its best.”
“This peaceable switch of energy makes our democracy stronger in Arizona,” Quiñonez wrote. “Thanks Gov. @DougDucey for exhibiting others the way it’s performed.”
The Democratic chief of Arizona’s Home of Representatives, Andrés Cano, additionally praised Ducey and Hobbs’ assembly Wednesday: “That is what a peaceable and principled transition of energy appears like.”
Hobbs gained her tight race in opposition to Republican nominee Kari Lake, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and has but to concede. Lake, together with a number of different Republican nominees who misplaced on Election Day, have continued to assert that same-day voters had been disenfranchised attributable to poll machines malfunctioning in Maricopa County, which surrounds town of Phoenix.
Arizona’s Election Board was additionally accused of committing voter fraud by Trump following the 2020 election. The accusations have since been dismissed however Lake continued to again Trump’s allegations throughout her marketing campaign.
Two counties in Arizona are additionally delaying certification of their ballots in protest of the same-day points. Mohave County has agreed to certify outcomes on Monday—the state’s deadline to take action—whereas Cochise County’s board of supervisors tabled the concept in its assembly on Friday.
Whereas Cochise County has not promised when, or if, it is going to certify its ballots, Jane Montgomery, public info officer for the county board of supervisors, instructed Newsweek on Wednesday that the topic is on the board’s agenda for a particular assembly on Monday.
Ducey, who was elected governor in 2014, has not launched a direct assertion concerning the election fraud claims from his fellow Republican. Nonetheless, the governor did post on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon that he congratulated Hobbs of their assembly “on her victory in a hard-fought race,” including that the governor-elect has his “full cooperation.”
“All of us have waited patiently for the democratic course of to play out,” Ducey wrote in a following post. “The individuals of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their determination.”
Newsweek has reached out to Ducey’s workplace for remark.