The Arizona lawyer general’s office has launched an investigation into irregularities within Maricopa County’s handling from the midterm elections.
AG Mark Brnovich’s election integrity unit has demanded a full report of well-publicized irregularities, and what states is evidence of “ statutory violations. ”
The letter, sent past due Saturday by Assistant AG Jennifer Wright to the county’s top civil division lawyer, Thomas Liddy, is a main escalation over widespread troubles with voting tabulators and printers , which delayed the declaration of the winner in razor-thin contests in the attorney general’s competition and the gubernatorial race.
Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has questioned the media’s premature declaration that her opponent, Democrat Katie Hobbs – who was not exactly popular, won.
The letter demands a full record on how voting machine and printer issues were handled , along with a copy of each polling location’s Official Ballot Statement, as well as explanations for any discrepancies.
Wright furthermore demanded that the evidence be turned over before the last vote certification which is because of Nov. 28.
“ These complaints go beyond pure speculation , but include first-hand see accounts that raise problems regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election legislation, ” reads the notice. “ Furthermore, statements produced by both Chairman Gates plus Recorder Richer, along with information Maricopa County released via official modes of communication appear to confirm potential statutory violations of title 16 . ”
Among the potential legal violations are poll workers giving improper directions to voters whose ballot tabulations were delayed by the issues.
“ Maricopa County appears to have failed to adhere to the statutory guidelines in segregating, counting, tabulating, tallying, and transporting the ‘ Doorway 3′ ballots, ” had written Wright. “ In fact , Maricopa County has admitted that will in some voting locations, ‘ Door 3′ non-tabulated ballots were commingled with tabulated ballots at the voting place.
“ More, we have received a sworn complaint from an political election observer indicating that more than 1700 “ Doorway 3” non-tabulated ballots from voting location were put into black duffle bags that were intended to be used for tabulated ballots. ”