RNC candidate, Arizona AG files lawsuit alleging election mismanagement by officials

Republicans in Arizona have filed a lawsuit alleging incompetence by election officials who improperly influenced the midterm elections.

Republican nominee for Attorney General Abraham Hamadeh of Arizona joined the RNC in filing charges against many election officials on Tuesday.

The lawsuit appoints Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in addition to the recorders and boards of supervisors for all counties in the state.

The Republicans stated that they have no allegations of “fraud, manipulation or other willful misconduct,” adding that the alleged mismanagement did not directly affect the outcome of the election.

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Arizona Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh participates in a border security roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials at the Cochise County Sheriffs Office on November 4, 2022 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
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“Arizona voters demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the general election by certain election officials,” Hamadeh said. “Pervasive errors by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizona residents who silenced their voices.”

The race for Arizona attorney general must be recounted after Hamadeh’s Democratic opponent, Kris Mayes, was ahead by just 510 votes.

Maricopa County, Arizona, Supervisor Bill Gates apologized after about 20% of their polling stations had trouble reading ballots just hours after Election Day polls opened.

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Voting machine malfunctions in Arizona raised concerns about election integrity.
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The province had explained that some machines were having problems with their printers and not producing enough dark ink on the ballots.

At least 60 voting locations experienced problems with their ballot-on-demand printers, according to Maricopa County election officials. The assistant attorney general is demanding an in-depth report on these issues, as well as the “check-out” procedures at each polling station and the official voting report from each location.

Hamadeh and the RNC allege Maricopa County officials erroneously disqualified provisional ballots and mismarked early voters in the system.

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The race between GOP candidate Kari Lake and Democrat Katie Hobbs is still undecided.

Hamadeh and the RNC are not the only Arizona politicians angry at the performance of the state election system during the midterm elections.

Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright sent a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Saturday demanding an explanation for the election issues before the results can be certified next week.

Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speaks at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 8, 2022, in Phoenix, about voting machine malfunctions.
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“The Election Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has received hundreds of complaints since Election Day regarding issues related to the administration of the 2022 Maricopa County general election,” Wright wrote. “These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include firsthand testimony that raises concerns about Maricopa’s lawful adherence to Arizona electoral law.”

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Jessica Chasmar and Ronn Blitzer of Fox News contributed to this report.

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