Hamadeh files new motion to revive lawsuit over recount results

By Kirsten Dorman
Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 - 5:59pm
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 8:26am

Abe Hamadeh
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Abe Hamadeh

Most of the dust has settled from the 2022 Arizona midterms. But attorneys for Abe Hamadeh, the losing Republican candidate for attorney general, have asked a Mohave County judge to revive his lawsuit challenging the results that gave Democrat Kris Mayes the win.

In the motion filed Wednesday, Hamadeh’s attorneys claim the recount identified significant, material discrepancies that cast doubt on the election results. Pinal County, for example, found that 507 votes had gone uncounted in the original election. The motion claims that if similar issues occurred in other places in the state, it could flip the results.

Mayes is already sworn in, but Hamadeh’s attorneys say that only removes “artificial time restraints on completing the contest process.”

Mayes’ lead attorney called the filing “just another meritless, election-denier lawsuit.”

Hamadeh also claims that as Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs was aware of “material discrepancies” with the official vote total from the recount by December 21. He claims that that information may have convinced Mohave Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen to allow his team to inspect more ballots, but that it was not released to his team for another eight days, after the trial.

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