We the People AZ Alliance (WPAA), an election integrity group in Arizona, has discovered hundreds of instances where people claimed to have voted for Abe Hamadeh but their ballots were not counted, more than the 280 votes he lost in the attorney general’s race. However, WPAA co-founder Shelby Busch stated that the courts refuse to consider the new evidence.
Busch said in the video, “Abe Hamadeh won the attorney general’s race. I’m going to outline for you the evidence behind how Kris Mayes was installed as the illegitimate attorney general. Our evidence in Abe’s case shows that thousands of Arizona voters were disenfranchised on Election Day in violation of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, and Katie Hobbs, the secretary of state and the counties know about these voters and have done nothing to correct it.”
Hamadeh’s election challenge differs from others as he requests judges to count votes from disenfranchised voters, a move that has caused complaints about disenfranchising voters, making judges hesitant to comply.
Busch showed a clip from Maricopa County officials stating that voters’ registrations for vehicles registered with Service Arizona were automatically changed to the registered county unless they unchecked a box on the form.
She said the rejection rates for ballots in every county in Arizona in the 2022 election increased, some significantly. “Some of the county’s rejection rates increased 10,000 percent, with the smaller counties going from .09 percent of the overall voters to 9 percent of the overall voters.”
Busch said they discovered that 70 percent of the rejected provisional ballots were from Republicans or right-leaning independents. “Folks that leaned towards Abe in in-person voting and mail-in balloting shifted during the provisional ballot counting,” she said. “Pima County shifted by 18 percent and Maricopa by 15 percent, indicating that some form of bias was used in determining whether or not to accept or reject these provisional ballots in order to alter the outcome.”
WPAA has compiled “hundreds of these declarations from voters, along with the supporting evidence and documents to show their vote should have counted.”
The Arizona Supreme Court has heard the stories of disenfranchised voters who were told at the polls they would have to vote a provisional ballot since they were no longer registered to vote in their county. These voters were told they would have to vote a provisional ballot since they were no longer registered to vote in their county, only to find out that the provisional was never counted later. Some voters were even told they were registered in Maricopa County, even though they hadn’t lived there in years. A couple in their 90s who rent a trailer on tribal land in northern Arizona discovered their registration had been changed to that county, even though they have never accessed Service Arizona online.
The 1993 National Voter Registration Act, known as the Motor Voter Act, requires states to provide a simple voter registration process for people obtaining driver’s licenses or their renewal. Hamadeh, who filed an election lawsuit earlier this month, demanded decertification of the election due to the disenfranchisement of Republicans on Election Day in Maricopa County due to the voting machine tabulators not recognizing the ballots since they were printed on 19-inch paper instead of 20-inch.
Hamadeh’s initial lawsuit is at the Arizona Court of Appeals, where he is asking the court to overturn the trial court’s decision not to grant him a new trial after discovering the undervotes in Pinal County. Judges often overturn elections based on a few small incidents, such as in 2019 when a judge ordered a new election for a Georgia House seat after finding four voters ineligible, and in 2021, in Surry County, North Carolina, a judge ordered a new election in the commissioners’ race due to a poll worker informing voters that one of the candidates was deceased.
Judges often overturn elections based on a few small incidents. In 2019, a judge ordered a new election for a Georgia House seat after finding that four voters were ineligible. Also that year, in North Carolina, Democrats a judge ordered a new election where a contractor was accused of illegally collecting hundreds of ballots for the winning Republican candidate. He wasn’t convicted yet, merely accused. In 2021, in Surry County, North Carolina, a judge ordered a new election in the commissioners’ race due to a poll worker informing voters that one of the candidates was deceased.