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In one challenge, the justices sanctioned Abe Hamadeh for lying about his appeal
GLORIA REBECCA GOMEZ
Two lawsuits aiming to overturn the 2022 election were sharply rebuffed by the Arizona Supreme Court last week.
On Aug. 24, the high court shot down a special action petition urging justices to void the election results in Maricopa County for failing to go through appropriate legal avenues. Scottsdale-based attorney and avid Kari Lake fan Ryan Heath had argued, on behalf of voter David Mast and Cochise County Supervisor Tom Crosby, that Maricopa County violated signature verification rules during the 2022 midterms.
Crosby, a Republican, came under fire last year for refusing to certify the 2022 election results in Cochise County, spreading baseless allegations about the validity of tabulating machines and pushing for a hand count. After a court ordered him and his fellow reticent supervisor Peggy Judd to carry out their statutory duties, he did not show up to the board meeting in which the county’s tally was finally certified.
Election officials, Heath said, erred in comparing early ballot signatures to those on previous early ballots instead of to signatures on the voter registration, as required by state law.