Deniers Abe Hamadeh, Kati Lake become plaintiffs in their election losses

A unanimous vote by Maricopa County Board of Supervisors certified the most recent election votes. Dozens of protestors claim this certification to be unjust. Photograb || 12 News

By Nick Phillips || Arizona Capitol Times 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and GOP Attorney General nominee Abe Hamadeh have both indicated that they think the 2022 election – in which they lost their races – wasn’t legitimate. 

But in legal proceedings, attorneys in cases filed by the two candidates are making a more modest argument: they’re asking to review election records, saying the documents might turn up evidence that could affect the outcome of the races. 

“We know we won this election,” Kari Lake said last week, days after a final vote tally showed her losing by 17,000 votes to Democrat Katie Hobbs. 

“Arizonans demand answers and deserve transparency about the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the General Election by certain election officials. I will not stop fighting until all voters receive justice. See you in court,” Hamadeh tweeted last Tuesday, the day his legal team filed an election challenge in Maricopa County Superior Court and a day after the final count showed him losing by 510 votes to Democrat Kris Mayes. 

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“Due to Defendants’ (Maricopa County officials) failures, many eligible voters may not have been able to vote,” Tim LaSota, a lawyer representing Lake, wrote in the Nov. 23 complaint, referring to the well-documented equipment problems that plagued many Maricopa County polling places on Election Day. 

A Nov. 15 records request submitted by LaSota, submitted as evidence, shows he’s asking for “all public records” pertaining to a wide range of issues.

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