Abe Hamadeh, a year after losing the attorney general’s race, has filed a lawsuit asking for the 2022 election results to be discarded and redone. He claims that printer errors caused long lines at the polls, leading to many voters leaving without casting a ballot, and he believes this disproportionately affected him due to heavier Republican turnout on Election Day. Hamadeh’s earlier lawsuit, over provisional ballots, is currently before the Arizona Court of Appeals.
Abe Hamadeh seeks a redo of the Attorney General’s race
A year after losing the attorney general’s race, Abe Hamadeh is seeking a second chance. Besides wanting a retrial of his earlier unsuccessful election challenge, he’s also aiming for a congressional seat representing the northwest Valley.
Hamadeh, known as the “Happy Warrior,” is juggling multiple tasks at the same time. He recently filed a new lawsuit asking for the 2022 election results to be invalidated. If no revote is ordered, he warns of a crisis in the legitimacy of future Arizona elections.
Hamadeh’s lawsuit is part of a larger trend
It’s hard to keep track of the numerous lawsuits filed by disappointed candidates trying to overturn last year’s election results. Hamadeh’s earlier lawsuit, now before the Arizona Court of Appeals, revolves around provisional ballots.
The new lawsuit mirrors claims made by Kari Lake, which were dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court. Lake, who tried to overturn the governor’s race results, couldn’t provide any concrete evidence to support her claims.
Hamadeh’s new lawsuit tackles long polling lines
The latest lawsuit by Hamadeh and a newly created nonprofit called AZ Voters Rights, argues that printer errors caused long lines at the polls. According to Hamadeh, this resulted in many voters leaving without casting their vote, thereby disadvantaging him due to the heavier Republican turnout on Election Day.
Hamadeh lost the race by 280 votes and is now seeking a revote. He believes a revote in Maricopa County will clarify whether Kris Mayes’ victory for the Attorney General position was truly representative of the voters’ will.
Judges require solid evidence for claims
Hamadeh estimates that 20% of voters didn’t cast a ballot due to Maricopa County’s flawed election. To support his claim, he cites three individuals who say they left without voting due to the long lines. He argues that because of these three voters, 1.5 million Maricopa County voters should revote.
However, judges are likely to require more substantial evidence that could have changed the race outcome. Meanwhile, many Arizona voters are eager to move forward.
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