Republicans in Arizona have again filed a lawsuit alleging incompetence by election officials swayed the results of the midterm elections, after a previous legal challenge was dismissed.
Abraham Hamadeh, Arizona’s Republican nominee for attorney general, joined the Republican National Committee in a lawsuit filed Friday against several Mohave County election officials. The lawsuit comes after a previous lawsuit, filed on November 22, was thrown out because a judge argued that the voting results had not yet been certified.
Republicans said they “do not allege, through this lawsuit, fraud, manipulation or other intentional wrongdoing that would undermine the results of the November 8, 2022 general election.”
The lawsuit, however, alleges “errors and inaccuracies” in areas like Maricopa County resulted in Hamadeh losing to Democrat Kris Mayes by 511 votes or a “0.02% margin.”
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“The cumulative effect of these errors is significant for the Arizona Attorney General race, where after the first solicitation, candidates are separated by just 511 votes out of more than 2.5 million ballots cast – a margin two-hundredths of one percent (0.02%),” the lawsuit read.
Kari Lake, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, also filed a 70-page complaint on Friday, echoing many of the same complaints.
“The eyes of the country are on Arizona,” the lawsuit read. Lake also fell to her Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs, by just over 17,000 votes.
Hamadeh announced the lawsuit on Twitter on Friday, saying “every legal vote deserves to be counted.”
“Today my campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a contested contest complaint,” Hamadeh said. “At 511 out of 2.5 million votes, our race is the closest statewide race in Arizona history, it is currently under recount.”
“I jumped into this race because I know how important the rule of law is for a civilized society,” he added. “I urge all Arizonans to be patient during this time. Laws exist to deliver justice and the courts are the guardians of justice.”
Hamadeh also said, “If we lose hope in our system, we will no longer be that shiny city on a hill. I am fighting this fight to win and to make sure we regain faith in our elections now and forever. Arizona, I will never stop fighting for you.”
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Those sentiments were shared by RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
“The people of Arizona deserve fair and accurate election results,” she said. “Incompetence by election officials can cost votes, and Abraham Hamadeh’s election is extremely slim. Proud to join his campaign to organize this electoral contest.”
Hamadeh continues to argue that issues, such as those in Maricopa County, Arizona, contributed to the errors that affected the election outcome.
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“If a rural county had as many problems as Maricopa County did on Election Day, every elected official and the media would demand an investigation,” the Republican candidate said. “It’s a shame and pains me to say that left-leaning Pima County was better prepared and staged a more capable election than Maricopa.”
He also pointed to a judge extending voting hours in Apache County and delays at voting centers in Maricopa County.
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Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates admitted and apologized that many of their polling places experienced problems with tabulation machines reading ballots, which persisted for hours on the day of the ballot.