Arizona Republican attorney general candidate files lawsuit alleging ‘gross incompetence’ impacted election

Arizona’s Republican attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh is going to court to stop the certification of what many are calling a botched election.

Hamadeh, who is lagging his Democrat opponent by just hundreds of votes, alleged “gross incompetence” on Election Day that disenfranchised Republican voters in Maricopa County.

Arizona Republican files lawsuit

Widespread problems with ballot printers and tabulators in Maricopa County, Arizona’s biggest county, led to long lines on Election Day, when Republicans tend to vote.

Hamadeh claims that poll workers failed to “check out” some voters who experienced problems, which led to them being unable to cast a ballot at a separate polling location, since they were marked as having already voted. He also said some early ballots were counted that shouldn’t have been.

“The cumulative effect of these mistakes is material to the race for Arizona Attorney General, where the candidates are separated by just 510 votes out of more than 2.5 million ballots cast-a margin of two one-hundredths of one percent (0.02%),” the lawsuit reads.

Moreover, Hamadeh says Maricopa officials engaged in “misconduct” by “inducing” voters to leave polling locations. Hamadeh pointed to a “misleading” tweet from Maricopa County official Bill Gates that instructed voters to go to nearby polling sites without mentioning the need for them to “check out” first.

According to the county, voters had the “freedom” to go to different polling sites if they had problems or place their ballot in a “secure” deposit box to be tabulated at a separate location.

Headed to recount

The county insists that no voters were actually prevented from casting ballots, a narrative that has been credulously repeated by the national press — a sharp pivot in tone after the media spent the past two years shrieking about Republican “voter suppression.”

The attorney general’s race is headed to an automatic recount given the razor-thin margin: Hamadeh trails his Democrat opponent Kris Mayes by roughly 500 votes.

Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor, has also cited problems with same day voting in refusing to concede her race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, who was declared the winner. Lake also complained that Hobbs, who has a role in administering elections as the secretary of state, has a conflict of interest.

‘The 2022 general election in Arizona was botched and broken beyond repair,” Lake said.

Hamadeh’s lawsuit, which was joined by the Republican National Committee, names Hobbs, Mayes, and Maricopa officials as defendants, among others.