Abe Hamadeh, RNC’s lawsuit over election results dismissed since it was filed too early

According to the Superior Court of Arizona, the state must first certify the election results before any lawsuits can be filed.
Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 4:44 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 5:28 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County has dismissed Republican attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh and the Republican National Committee’s lawsuit against election officials, saying it was filed too early.

According to the Superior Court of Arizona, the state must first certify the election results before any lawsuits can be filed. The Cochise County board of supervisors refused to certify their election results by Monday’s deadline, which led to the lawsuit being thrown out on Tuesday afternoon. Cochise County remains the only county that hasn’t certified its election results in the state. Hamadeh can file another lawsuit within five days after the completion of the canvass.

Hamadeh posted on Twitter saying his campaign will still go forward with the lawsuit. “510 votes out of 2.5 million is the closest statewide race in Arizona history. Of course we’re going to litigate; especially given the issues Republican voters faced on Election Day. Imagine if the court had extended voting hours after all the problems for a few hours,” he posted. He added Maricopa County failed voters on Election Day.

A couple of weeks after the midterm elections, Hamadeh, along with the Republican National Committee, filed a lawsuit against Arizona’s election officials, saying there were “errors and inaccuracies” at voting locations during the election process. “Pervasive errors by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans who had their voices silenced,” Hamadeh stated in the lawsuit paperwork.

Hamadeh was running against Democrat Kris Mayes for state attorney general. The tight race will go into an automatic recount, as the results after all votes were counted were within a .5% margin. The recount will begin after all election results are certified on Dec. 5.

See below for a full document of the dismissal.