Republican nominee for attorney general of Arizona, Abe Hamadeh, filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday over the outcome of the 2022 electionaccording to KTAR News.
Hamadeh, along with the Republican National Committee, filed a 25-page complaint naming all county registrars of elections and boards of supervisors of elections in the state.
The complaint alleges errors in the general elections of November 8, citing misconduct by the board of elections, counting illegal ballots, and inaccurate counting of votes.
The lawsuit asks the court to issue a court order preventing the Secretary of State from certifying Mayes as the winner and requiring him to declare Hamadeh the winner.
“Arizona voters demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the general election by certain election officials,” Hamadeh said in a press release.
“Widespread missteps by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans whose voices were silenced. Arizonans deserve to have an election system that is transparent and fair and right now we have none.”
His opponent, Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs were also named in the lawsuit.
Abe Hamadeh’s electoral race, in which he trailed Democrat Kris Mayes by just 510 votes out of more than 2.5 million castwas already headed for a mandatory recount, which is triggered when no more than 0.5% separates the two candidates, according to The Washington Post, which has not projected a winner in the race.
The state recount gave 1,254,102 votes to Hamadeh and 1,254,612 to Mayes, who on Tuesday said she was “sure the end result will be the same” and predicted the process would conclude by Christmas. “As this race should show everyone across the country, every vote matters,” she told reporters.
With Republican candidates falling to Democrats in the state’s most critical races, the narrow margin in the race for the office of attorney general has taken center stage.
The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the state government, with the power to enforce election laws that could affect the administration of the 2024 presidential election.
A spokesman for the secretary of state’s office told The Washington Post that legal counsel for the state elections office is reviewing the lawsuit and preparing a response.
“The Bureau believes that the claim is legally unfounded and factually speculative,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Post. “None of the claims presented justify the extraordinary remedy of changing the results of the elections and revoking the will of the voters of Arizona.”
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Source: La Opinion