Arizona state attorney general alleges ‘statutory violations’ in voting procedure

Arizona’s gubernatorial race seemed all but over last week after Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs edged out her Republican challenger Kari Lake.

Yet those results have since been cast into doubt as the state’s attorney general now says serious questions need to be answered before those results can be certified. 

Assistant attorney general points to “statutory violations”

According to the Daily Wire, a senior figure within the election integrity unit of Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office sent a letter on Saturday regarding the race’s outcome to an official in Maricopa County.

In the correspondence, Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright pointed to “statutory violations” relating to voting procedures. Wright addressed her concerns to Thomas Liddy, who serves as chief civil division attorney in the state’s largest county.

“These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law,” the Daily Wire quoted Wright as saying.

“According to Maricopa County, at least 60 voting locations had issues related to some ballot-on-demand (BOD) printers having printer configuration settings that were non-uniform, which appeared to have resulted in ballots that were unable to be read by on-site ballot tabulators,” she continued.

Wright then pointed out how those machines were tested the night before election day and found to be in working order.

Wright says results cannot be certified until report is submitted

She went on to request a report on how tabulator and printer malfunctions were dealt with as well as a copy of each voting location’s Official Ballot Report.

“Maricopa County appears to have failed to adhere to the statutory guidelines in segregating, counting, tabulating, tallying, and transporting the ‘Door 3’ ballots,” Wright complained.

“In fact, Maricopa County has admitted that in some voting locations, ‘Door 3’ non-tabulated ballots were commingled with tabulated ballots at the voting location,” she added.

Wright insisted that the report be submitted before election results are certified, something which is scheduled to take place next month.

Maricopa County is not the only place where election practices are in doubt, as The Hill reported on Monday that Cochise County and Mohave County are delaying plans to certify the election.