The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Republican candidate attorney general’s race in Arizona filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the results of the race may have been influenced by the elections officials’ mismanagement.
The GOP nominee for AG Abraham Hamadeh has lost the race – which was set to go to a recount – with Democrat Kris Mayes by 510 votes.
The lawsuit he filed along with RNC names as defendants Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), Mayes, and the recorders and boards of supervisors of each county in Arizona, but specifically notes that it is not alleging any fraud, manipulation, or other intentional wrongdoing.
The plaintiffs, instead, argue that the manner in which some polling places were managed and how some ballots were processed and tabulated made the election afflicted with certain errors and inaccuracies.
The lawsuit claims that voters who were wrongly marked as having already voted have seen their provisional ballots and early ballots improperly disqualified Maricopa County officials named in the complaint, which also unconstitutionally prevented individuals from casting provisional ballots because they could not confirm the individuals’ voting eligibility.
According to the RNC and Hamadeh, some voters’ candidate selections were improperly tabulated by state county officials after they duplicated certain ballots that could not be counted electronically and adjudicated certain ballots that could not be counted electronically.
The county officials, as the complaint further reads, improperly accepted early ballots that were accompanied by affidavits with signatures that were not matching those on voters’ registration records.
Arguing that pervasive errors by Arizona election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans who had their voices silenced, Hamadeh emphasized that filing a lawsuit was the only way for them to provide accountability and restore confidence in the state’s broken election system.
The Republican nominee for governor in the state, Kari Lake, and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) already raised concerns that have put under scrutiny the electoral process in Arizona and specifically Maricopa County over a logistical issue that occurred on Election Day and affected 17,000 ballots which were not printed dark enough for tabulators to read them.