A judge on Tuesday determined that the lawsuit filed by the Republican candidate for Arizona attorney general Abraham Hamadeh would be going forward after the former was defeated in one of the closest races in the state’s history.
Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen in their decision noted that this particular case is dissimilar to other cases since it does not imply any “political motives or fraud or personal agendas being pushed” instead the allegation is of “misconduct by mistake or omission” which could have caused a mistake in the counting of the votes. If these allegations are correct then they might have affected the results of the election.
Hamadeh lost by only 511 votes in his race against Democratic Secretary of State-elect Kris Mayes. There had been over 2. 5 million ballots in that race.
The Republican’s case was jointly filed with the Republican National Committee and argues that the incorrect election results were due to the election officials either making an error or mismanaging the ballots during the counting process.
Jantzen on Tuesday denied motions to dismiss the case and instead ordered for a trial to be set with an evidentiary hearing set for Friday.
The four out of five counts that were allowed to move forward, in this case, include the allegations of “inaccurate ballot duplications, wrongful exclusion of provisional voters and erroneously counted votes, and election board misconduct” with a specific focus being placed on Maricopa county.
Hamadeh’s case was filed against election officials, Mayes, and outgoing Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), and is only one of the GOP court cases challenging Arizona’s election results. Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake also filed a case questioning the state’s election system after she lost a race against Katie Hobbs.