State of Arizona

Arizona Attorney General Election Contest III

Hamadeh v. Richer

Lawsuit filed by Abraham Hamadeh, the failed Republican candidate for Arizona Attorney General, and AZ Voters Rights against Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes (D), Maricopa County, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer (R) and members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors contesting the results of the 2022 elections. The plaintiffs allege that because of local election officials, Maricopa County had significant issues printing ballots on Election Day. They claim, citing an investigation by the former chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, that these printing issues led to long lines for voters and the eventual rejection of thousands of ballots. The plaintiffs also claim that these issues likely disadvantaged Republican voters who are more likely to vote in person on Election Day. The plaintiffs argue that this violated Hamadeh and Republican voters’ rights to equal protection and due process under the state constitution. They ask the court to decertify the results of the 2022 attorney general race and order a new election in Maricopa County.

RESULT: On July 2, 2024, a judge dismissed this contest for being untimely. Kris Mayes (D) remains the lawfully elected attorney general.

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