On Monday night, the announcement was made that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson had ordered gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's election lawsuit to be heard during a two-day trial prior to January 2, 2023.
Then, on Tuesday afternoon, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled that Republican Abraham Hamadeh, candidate for Attorney General, could follow through with his lawsuit.
The Twitter account for Lake's campaign praised the legal victory. Hamadeh, a former prosecutor and an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army Reserve, posted on Twitter following the decision: “Maricopa County’s failures on Election Day need to be investigated. The court’s ruling is a small step toward restoring confidence in our electoral process. I am confident that had Maricopa County run a competent election, we would not have to be in this litigation position.”
The Attorney General race pitted Hamadeh against Democrat Kris Mayes and was decided by 511 votes, less than .02 percent.
According to ABCNews10:
“Under Arizona law, he faces the high bar of proving not just that election officials erred but that he would have won without their misconduct.
“Hamadeh lost to Democrat Kris Mayes by 511 votes out of 2.5 million. His lawsuit alleges that problems with printers in Maricopa County led to a series of issues that disenfranchised voters. He also alleges his race was affected by improper handling of ballots that were duplicated or adjudicated by humans because they could not be read by tabulators.
“Jantzen said Hamadeh can inspect ballots in Maricopa, Pima and Navajo counties. Mayes won Maricopa and Pima counties, home to Phoenix and Tucson. Hamadeh won Navajo County, though it’s home to a large Native American population that heavily favored Mayes.
“Jantzen made no comment on the merits of Hamadeh’s claims, but ruled that he’s entitled to gather witnesses and evidence in an attempt to prove them.”
The trial is currently scheduled for Friday.