Abe Hamadeh and his team have been gathering new evidence in his election battle with Kris Mayes. Hamadeh allegedly lost the election by a mere 280 votes, making it the tightest race in Arizona history.
Hamadeh’s original lawsuit was tossed out six days before the recount was announced. As it turns out, Hobbs knew of the problems with the recount but withheld it until after the lawsuit was tossed because the new information about the newly found votes could have kept the suit alive.
Hamadeh filed an appeal in January and his lawyers enter a brief in February, contending that legal votes were not counted.
The current estimate is 500 votes, which would be enough to flip the election. In that recount, “significant, material discrepancies” were identified that “cast doubt upon the completeness and accuracy of the election results according to Hamadeh’s lawyers.
The lawyers also added in their filings that the material discrepancies were known about no later than December 21st but that Hobbs and other Democratic officials kept those facts hidden from the complainants.
According to Jennifer Wright, one of Hamadeh’s attorneys, the team has identified more than 500 high-propensity voters who attempted to vote in the 2022 election and had their provisional ballot rejected.
In most of those cases, it was a matter of people with two residences having their mail forwarded to their non-primary residence.
But, they did not change their official residence and therefore Maricopa County had no right to cancel their registrations, especially since they did not give those voters the notice that they were canceling their registrations.
Wright shared a video to Twitter of one such voter, Howard, who lives in Mesa (Maricopa County):
And although there’s been speculation that Howard (and by implication the other 500+ similarly situated voters) is somehow at fault for his voter registration being moved to the county where he has a secondary residence, the evidence suggests otherwise.
— Jen Wright (@JenWEsq) March 21, 2023
Howard is a disabled war veteran and retired long-haul truck driver who lives in Mesa but has a summer home in Show Low.
Every summer he temporarily changes his address with the post office to the Show Low address so he can continue to receive mail without delay, but this has never affected his ability to vote in Maricopa County since he’s not actually changing his official address.
During the summer of 2021 Howard needed to obtain an Arizona ID card since he could no longer drive due to medical issues and took care of that while he was in Show Low, in Navajo County, and that’s where the problem started.
Unknown to Howard, his request for the state ID card triggered ADOT’s Service Arizona portal to create and submit a voter registration form registering him to vote in Navajo County. The signature displayed on the form was “pulled” or copied from the data file used to order Howard’s state ID card.
The system-generated form was reported to the Navajo County Recorder’s Office. This then caused the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office to cancel Howard’s right to vote there based on the “new” registration.
But no notice was sent to Howard at the time by either county recorder.
As Hamadeh awaits a decision from Judge Jantzen and the Arizona Superior Court, he is working to interview voters who have claimed they were disenfranchised and had their provisional ballots rejected.
The County Recorder has dismissed claims like Howard’s as “voter error” or simply ignored the voters who have sought redress on the issue, but Hamadeh calls it what it is – disenfranchisement.
My team has discovered that many Arizonans were wrongfully disenfranchised, due to system or process error. Prior to running for Attorney General, I served as a prosecutor at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and overseas with the U.S. Army Reserve. I swore an oath to uphold the laws and defend the Constitution. My commitment to fight is instilled in my values, and I will continue to seek justice and accountability for those who were wrongfully disenfranchised.
Hamadeh is confident that this is the way to shine light on the election processes in Arizona and right the discrepancies, errors, and incorrect handling of ballots in the November 2022 election, saying, “The courts are the proper venue for these ballot disputes, not the corporate media or political consultants who act as spokesmen and propaganda for the government. I will continue to fight relentlessly to make sure the will of the people is honored and that all lawful votes are counted.”