Abe Hamadeh, attorney general candidate, contests election results. He asks for a judge’s opinion on the winner

Republican nominee for Arizona attorney-general is Abe Hamadeh. He was an intelligence officer in Army Reserve and a former Maricopa County prosecutor.

Abe Hamadeh, Republican attorney general candidate, has filed a legal protest asking a judge to not only prevent certification of the Nov.8 election results, but also, if necessary, to certify that Hamadeh won the election.

Hamadeh, who was accompanied by the Republican National Committee, filed Tuesday’s complaint at Maricopa County Superior Court.

The candidates include Kris Mayes (Democratic), who is running for attorney general, and Katie Hobbes (Arizona Secretary of State) and other election officials.

Hamadeh trails Mayes with 510 votes, after all of Arizona’s ballots were counted. A state law requires that the race be automatically recounted because the difference in votes between the candidates is below.05 percent. After Dec. 5’s certification of election results, the recount will take place.

Hamadeh asks the court to stop the certification that the attorney general’s race is being used as it stands right now. It asks for an injunction to stop the Secretary of state from declaring Contestee elected to Arizona Attorney General’s office or issuing Contestee certificates of election.

He also asked for the court’s permission to force the secretary-of-state to verify his victory if he was ahead in the final count.

“An injunction… requiring Contestant Abraham Hamadeh to be declared elected to the office as Arizona Attorney General and to issue Contestant a certificate proving his election.”

In a news release, Hamadeh said: “The voters of Arizona demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials. Many Arizonans were disenfranchised due to widespread errors made by our election officials. Arizonans deserve an open and fair election system. We don’t have either.

“Today’s challenge is the only way to provide accountability and restore confidence in our broken election system.”

The Mayes campaign declined to comment, stating that they had not yet seen the lawsuit. Officials from Maricopa County declined to comment.

Hamadeh claims that several errors occurred during the 2022 elections so that the result does no reflect the intent and will of Arizona voters. It claims that the vote count was incorrect, that the voter’s will was not properly reflected due to faulty or impaired ballots, as well as the inclusion of early ballots in final vote tally whose signatures were different than the ones on file.

Within days of receiving a letter from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the complaint was received Maricopa County should be contacted for a formal answer to questions that came up on Election Day.

The majority of the complaints about errant votes are centered around problems in Maricopa County. It claims that poll workers did not properly check out voters. Some of the tabulator machines at polling stations were unable to read certain ballots due to ink that was too light. This led to long lines at some polling sites and encouraged some people to vote elsewhere.

The problem was made worse by Bill Gates, Maricopa County Supervisor, encouraging voters to go somewhere else, according to the complaint. This, according to the complaint, disenfranchised voters who couldn’t vote due to confusion over their check in status.

Election Day: County officials Recognize the confusion That was when printer settings and low levels of ink prevented tabulators from accepting ballots at 30% of county vote centers. However, they explained that there were several safeguards in place to allow the counting of ballots for voters who went to another polling location and voted a provisional vote.

Hamadeh’s complaint claims that “at least 146” voters had provisional ballots made invalid at a second location due to not having been properly checked out at their first location. It also states that at least 273 voters who went to another location to cast their ballots were disenfranchised due to the fact that they were still being checked in at their initial voting center. A “material number” of voters were also unable to cast provisional votes at another polling location because they were still being checked in at the first election center.

This article first appeared on Arizona Republic. Abe Hamadeh contests AG results and asks a judge for his opinion on the winner

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