The Republican National Committee (RNC) and Arizona attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh filed a lawsuit Tuesday in State Superior Court in Maricopa County against election officials in Arizona, alleging “a host of errors and inaccuracies” during the 2022 election process.
Maricopa County, one of the most populous counties in the nation, had notable problems during the November 8 election, including printer and tabulation machine-related issues in at least 70 of the county’s 223 polling locations.
“Arizonans demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials,” Hamadeh posted to Twitter, captioning a shot of the lawsuit. “I will not stop fighting until ALL voters receive justice. See you in court.”
Arizonans demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials. I will not stop fighting until ALL voters receive justice.
See you in court. pic.twitter.com/5jJ6WWt8IK
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) November 23, 2022
The AG candidate, who’s in an election fight of his own in the state, added, “The lifeblood of an active and vibrant democracy is based on participation and trust in the system. My lawsuit hopes to restore confidence in our elections.”
“Pervasive errors by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans who had their voices silenced,” Hamadeh charged in a statement. “Arizonans deserve to have an election system that is transparent and fair and right now we have neither. Today’s challenge is the only way to provide accountability and restore confidence in our broken election system.”
In a press release issued Tuesday night, Hamadeh said the 25-page complaint “details a host of errors surrounding the administration of the November 2022 General Election concerning alleged election board misconduct, the tallying of unlawful ballots, and the erroneous counting of votes.”
Press release from @AbrahamHamadeh summarizing the lawsuit just filed. pic.twitter.com/K3O1Orur66
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) November 23, 2022
Arizona’s outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Saturday ordered Maricopa County officials to submit a report on its handling of the election, The Daily Wire highlighted.
The letter said there is evidence, including first-hand witness accounts, of “statutory violations” in the contest, which Katie Hobbs oversees as secretary of state. Hobbs, a Democrat, is the projected winner of the Arizona gubernatorial contest against Republican candidate Kari Lake.
At least two counties in the state — Cochise County and Mohave County — have confirmed that their certification of the 2022 election will be delayed until the November 28 deadline.
The two Republican supervisors in Cochise County voted Friday for the delay after some argued the county’s vote-counting machines were not properly certified. State Elections Director Kori Lorick, displeased with the vote, threatened the board that the state would sue if it did not certify on time.
In a split vote, Mohave County reportedly voted to delay as a protest against voting issues in Maricopa County.
Related: Arizona: Two Counties Delay Election Certification As AG Issues Letter Concerning ‘Statutory Violations’ In Maricopa County