PHOENIX — The elected leaders of Arizona’s most populous county certified election results Friday that showed Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential race and set the stage for state leaders to certify results once one holdout county follows suit next week.
The five-member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors acted after lawsuits backed by the Republican Party and others supporting President Donald Trump failed to halt the normally routine action of verifying election results. One Democrat and four Republicans are on the Phoenix-based board that voted unanimously to accept the election results.
Protesters marched outside the board chambers urging members not to approve the canvass, but Republican Chairman Clint Hickman said there’s no question about the accuracy of the count and no legal reason not to certify it.
“In a free democracy elections result in some people’s candidates losing,” Hickman said, “I was disappointed in the outcome of a couple races and I was extremely happy with the outcome in