Katie Hobbs rejects proposal to speed up counting of mail-in ballots: “Absolutely not”

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs made it clear during a post-election interview that she will not support shortening the window for Arizona voters to turn in their mail-in ballots.

KTAR’s Barry Markson asked the Democrat on November 23 if she would support requiring that mail-in ballots “be received by the Friday or Saturday before Election Day” in order to allow county officials “to report their results on Election Night or the next morning.” Hobbs responded, “No, absolutely not,” and called the proposal “a solution in search of a problem.”

Hobbs has dismissed criticism of Election Day operations in Maricopa County, stating simply that “things happen.” She recently named Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo to her transition team and said that she is “thrilled” to “be handing the keys of the Secretary of State’s Office to Adrian Fontes,” the former Maricopa County Recorder.