(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Analysis of ballots in Arizona has indicated that the Republican candidate for attorney general, Abe Hamadeh, likely received more votes in the 2022 midterms than the eventual declared victor, Kris Mayes, the AZ Free News reported.
The vote margin according to the final 2022 count was a mere 280. Since the election in November, Hamadeh and his team have argued that over 250 voters were allegedly disenfranchised.
The Mohave County court has ordered Oral Arguments for our Motion for a New Trial on May 16.
My legal team will expose the government’s withholding of evidence that undermined the rule of law.
I am doing everything in my power to seek justice for Arizona. pic.twitter.com/RXMfnlWIMd
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) April 12, 2023
Hamadeh’s case will be heard on May 16 by a Mohave County court.
In addition, Hamadeh and his team assert that over 1,000 ballots had their registrations canceled due to government voter software issues, whether fraudulent or accidental.
“It’s really a screwed up situation,” said Hamadeh. “If you can imagine, the disenfranchisement is even bigger than what we’re arguing.”
Hamadeh also noted that Democrats play by different rules when it comes to early voting, ensuring that their own voters get privileged treatment while Republicans are disenfranchised.
“If you’re on PEVL [Permanent Early Voting List] and you expect your ballot to come but it doesn’t, you’re disenfranchised,” said Hamadeh.
Moreover, according the report, there are approximately 8,000 provisional ballots outstanding, meaning ballots that have not yet been counted, per Arizona county reports.
Given that the uncounted ballots are largely from Election Day itself, Hamadeh’s chances of overtaking Mayes in the final count appear strong.
Despite the fact that not all votes had been counted, and that there were several very close races, Arizona officials certified the results in December 2022.
“All data points suggest that it favors Republicans,” he said. “As more data comes in, it’s getting worse for the government and looking better for us.”
Also bolstering Hamadeh’s case, surprisingly, is high-powered election lawyer Marc Elias, who has pivoted away from the Democrats insofar as he is arguing for all provisional ballots to be counted.
Given the extraordinarily narrow margin between Hamadeh and Mayes, it appears that any one of Hamadeh’s challenges could secure his victory.