Following the widespread issues experienced by Maricopa County polling stations on Election Day, an Arizona state senator and several voters filed a lawsuit against Democratic Secretary of State and Governor-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County officials.
Maricopa County is one of the most important counties in deciding elections in Arizona and, subsequently, across the United States.
On Election Day, many issues were reported regarding the county’s vote tabulators, which either stopped working or were “misreading” ballots. Many voters were instructed to place their ballots in a separate box that would supposedly go to be hand tabulated at a different location.
Approximately 30% of the county’s tabulation machines were inoperable, and voting lines were about 2 hours long, creating chaos at the polling locations where mostly Republican voters were voting in person.
It was also reported that about 62% of the voting centers “had material problems with the tabulators not being able to tabulate ballots, causing voters to either deposit their ballots into box #3, spoil their ballots and re-vote, or get frustrated and leave the vote center without voting.”
Many poll observers and election workers spoke out about the serious Election Day issues they witnessed, and expressed their concern with the accuracy of Arizona’s election results. One poll revealed that 85% of election volunteers in Maricopa County reported being “not at all confident” about the outcome of the election.
In November, AZ GOP Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh filed a lawsuit against election officials across the state, alleging that their “incompetence and mismanagement” caused “pervasive errors” in the midterm elections.
US Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) also called for a “redo” of the elections in Maricopa County.
Now, Arizona state senator Sonny Borrelli, along with several voters from Mojave County, has filed a lawsuit against Hobbs and Maricopa County officials. Borrelli’s lawsuit aims to “nullify the results” of the gubernatorial election in Maricopa County.
The lawsuit is backed by the Mojave Republican Party and was filed in the Mojave County Superior Court.
“Because of multiple systemic failures in the conduct of the election in Maricopa County, Arizona… the voting strength of residents in Mojave County, Arizona, was diluted and their constitutional rights were violated,” reads the suit.
In response to the lawsuit, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo (D) accused Borrelli of “using our judicial system to continue the frivolous and ridiculous efforts to undermine our Democracy.”
He added that Borrelli is “wasting the taxpayer dollars and the court’s time on unfounded conspiracy.”