This past Wednesday, Kari Lake, the Republican gubernatorial candidate for Arizona, has officially slammed Maricopa County Officials with a lawsuit, alleging a plethora of violations of election law and called for the records in relation to the printer issues experienced on election day.
As the most heavily populated county in the state, Maricopa County experienced a series of high-profile issues on election day this past November 8th, which included issues in either the tabulation machines or printers in well over 70 of the 223 polling areas across the county.
“The filing today was basically just a way for the courts to pressure Maricopa County into giving us public records we have been asking for,” stated Lake on Wednesday
The Republican called out the officials of the county due to the aggressive and illegal treatment of “Election Day voters,” which included “three-hour lines” and severe printer issues.
“We cannot allow an election like this to stand,” claimed Lake.
Arizona attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh, working with the Republican National Committee (RNC), just a day prior filed a lawsuit with the State Superior Court for Maricopa County targeting election officials, alleging “a host of errors and inaccuracies” throughout the 2022 election process.
“Pervasive errors by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans who had their voices silenced,” stated Hamadeh via a release. “Arizonans deserve to have an election system that is transparent and fair and right now we have neither. Today’s challenge is the only way to provide accountability and restore confidence in our broken election system.”
As part of a Tuesday evening press release, Hamadeh explained that the 25-page complaint “details a host of errors surrounding the administration of the November 2022 General Election concerning alleged election board misconduct, the tallying of unlawful ballots, and the erroneous counting of votes.”
Mark Brnovich, the currently on the out attorney general for Arizona, issued a direct order to the officials in Maricopa County on the 19th of November to issue a report concerning its handling of the election.
The letter stated that there is quite a bit of evidence, including a series of first-hand witness accounts, which highlight “statutory violations” in the contest, which Katie Hobbs is tasked with watching over as the current secretary of state. As a Democrat, Hobbs is currently the projected winner of the governor’s race for Arizona against her political opponent Lake.
In a similar vein, two other counties from the state — Mohave County and Cochise County — have also officially confirmed that their certification of the 2022 election will be delayed until the November 28 deadline.