GOP candidate for Arizona attorney general Abe Hamadeh SUES over election results and demands he’s declared winner after ‘local and state officials mismanaged the election’: He sits 500 votes behind Democrat rival
- Abe Hamadeh trails his Democratic opponent by just 510 votes
- On Tuesday he launched legal action to overturn the result of the election
- He wants an injunction barring Democrat Kris Mayes from being declared winner
- His suit cited a string of Election Day irregularities, including printer problems
Arizona’s elections have been marked by bitter disputes and reports of problems and confusion at polling stations.
Abe Hamadeh trails the Democratic candidate Kris Mayes by just 510 votes, within the margin for an automatic recount according to state law.
On Tuesday, he raised the stakes with a complaint filed in Maricopa County Superior Court arguing that equipment irregularities and management failures led to an incorrect final vote tally.
Abe Hamadeh, Republican candidate for attorney general of Arizona, has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to prevent certification of his opponent’s win, even as it looks certain to go to a recount
Hamedeh’s suit seeks an injunction preventing Secretary of State Katie Hobbs declaring Democratic candidate Kris Mayes to be the winner
Hamadeh said equipment irregularities and management failures led to an incorrect vote tally
Although he said there was ‘manipulation or other intentional wrongdoing’ there were still sufficient problems to affect the outcome.
He asked the court for an injunction preventing the secretary of state – Katie Hobbs who also won election to the post of governor – from declaring Mayes as the winner and an order instead giving him the victory.
‘The voters of Arizona demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials,’ he said.
‘Pervasive errors by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans who had their voices silenced.
‘Arizonans deserve to have an election system that is transparent and fair and right now we have neither.’
Arizona became the center of conspiracy theories when Trump lost the state narrowly to Biden, the first Republican presidential candidate to lose Arizona since 1996.
Election workers open mail in ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on November 11, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona
This time around, a court had to order armed groups to stay away from drop boxes as multiple groups launched election watch initiatives.
Republicans, including Kari Lake, the Trump-backed candidate for governor, included election fraud claims in their campaigns but lost narrowly.
However, Lake has promised to fight on, citing supporters’s claims that they faced Election Day problems.
On Saturday, Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright wrote to one of the county’s top election officials detailing reports of a string of irregularities from printer problems that stopped ballots being tabulated, to confusion about procedures for transferring voters to alternate sites if they were unable to vote at the first location.
Arizona’s Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright on Saturday asked for explanations for a string of election day problems
Lake’s claims of fraud have consistently been characterized by opponents as unfounded, and her supporters have yet to produce a smoking gun.
But in her letter, Wright says: ‘These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law.’
She goes on to demand answers before the results can be certified.
‘Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election,’ Wright wrote in the letter to Thomas Liddy, civil division chief at the Maricopa County’s Attorney’s Office, obtained by DailyMail.com.
Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake promised to fight on in the latest of her videos, as she blasted Maricopa County for the running of the election
‘As the canvass is looming, and these issues relate to Maricopa County’s ability to lawfully certify election results – the Unit requests a response to the aforementioned issues on or before Maricopa County submits its official canvass to the Secretary of State, which must occur on or before November 28, 2022.’
Lake seized on the problems in a video message released this week.
‘The 2022 general election in Arizona was botched and broken beyond repair,’ she said.
‘Thankfully, the Attorney General’s Office is demanding answers from Maricopa County.
‘Attorney General Mark Brnovich is taking the first steps necessary to remedy this assault on our democracy. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. This is about our sacred right to vote a right that many voters were sadly deprived of on November 8.
‘Tens of thousands of you have reached out pleading with me to fight this fight.
‘Rest assured I will.’