Doug Ducey, the outgoing governor of Arizona, stated on Wednesday that his Republican government will enable a smooth transition to Democrat Katie Hobbs, marking his first public comment on her victory.
Ducey met with Hobbs in his office more than a week after it became evident that she had won and days after the final votes were tabulated. However, defeated Republican Kari Lake has not conceded and has campaigned since the election to bring attention to voters who claim they were impacted by a glitch with ballot printers at several Maricopa County polling stations.
Ducey stated in a statement, “We have all waited patiently for the democratic process to play out.” The Arizona people have spoken, their ballots have been tallied, and we respect their choice.
The day after The Associated Press and other news agencies called the race, Ducey called to congratulate Hobbs, but he did not make a public remark about the outcome until Wednesday.
Ducey was co-chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which spent over $10 million in television advertisements attacking Hobbs, but he was not a fervent backer of Lake. In the Republican primary, he supported her opponent, and although he supported the whole Republican ticket in the general election, he did not campaign with Lake.
On October 19, 2018, in Mesa, Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey addresses a rally supporting President Donald Trump at the International Air Response facility. Ralph Freso / Getty Photographic
Hobbs, the current secretary of state, has organized a transition team that is evaluating possible personnel and preparing for her to become the first Democrat to hold the state’s highest position since Janet Napolitano resigned after the 2008 election to become the U.S. secretary of homeland security.
Abraham Hamadeh, the Republican candidate for Arizona attorney general, and the Republican National Committee filed an election challenge in his campaign, which is scheduled for an automatic recount with Hamadeh losing by 510 votes, a day before to the Ducey-Hobbs meeting.
This challenge, filed in the Superior Court of Maricopa County, asserts that a number of issues impacted the outcome of the extremely close contest. It states that some ballots that should not have been counted were, while others that should have been counted were rejected. It is alleged that election officials erred in duplicating votes that could not be read by automated tabulators and in assessing voter intent when ballots were unclear.
The lawsuit also asserts that certain voters in Maricopa County were denied the right to vote due to a well reported issue at certain polling locations, where printers generated ballots with marks that were too faint to be seen by on-site tabulators. Some voters experiencing difficulties left the polling place without casting a ballot and did not check out with poll workers; thus, they were unable to vote elsewhere since the county’s computer system depicts them as having voted.
The lawsuit states that Hamadeh and the RNC are not “alleging any fraud, manipulation, or other purposeful malfeasance that would cast doubt on the results of the general election held on November 8, 2022.”
“Arizona citizens want answers and openness about the appalling ineptitude and mismanagement of the General Election by some election officials,” said Hamadeh in a statement.
Mayes’s attorney, Dan Barr, stated that the Democrat will seek a judge to dismiss Hamadeh’s case.
Barr stated in a statement, “Abe Hamadeh’s complaint lacks real evidence.” “It does not convincingly argue that errors in the administration of the election happened, or if they did, that they would have affected the outcome in any way.”
On Election Day, Republicans won decisively, although Democrats dominated mail-in ballots.
Officials in Maricopa County admitted that some voters were inconvenienced by printing problems that were rectified early in the afternoon on election day. Bill Gates, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, stated that the issues were exacerbated by prominent Republicans who caused their followers to believe that ballots would not be tallied.
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