PHOENIX, Arizona (PNN) - December 15, 2022 - An Arizona state senator and several voters in Mohave County filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County officials over the November 8 midterm elections, drawing a rebuke from a Maricopa County supervisor.
Backed by the Mohave Republican Party, the lawsuit was filed by State Senator Sonny Borrelli in the Mohave County Superior Court against Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is the top election official in Arizona, as well as Maricopa Recorder Stephen Richer, Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, and other members of the board.
His lawsuit aims to nullify the results of the November 8 gubernatorial election in Maricopa County, echoing similar legal challenges filed last week by GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
“Because of multiple systemic failures in the conduct of the election in Maricopa County, Arizona, the voting strength of residents in Mohave County, Arizona, was diluted and their constitutional rights were violated,” the lawsuit said in part.
Other than Borrelli, several unnamed Mohave County voters joined the lawsuit. The lawsuit listed “Jane and John Doe, et al” as plaintiffs alongside the state senator.
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo criticized Borrelli’s filing on Twitter on Tuesday morning. He accused Borrelli of “using our judicial system to continue the frivolous and ridiculous efforts to undermine our Democracy (Gallardo is an idiot who does not even know that our system of government is a Republic and not a Democracy).”
The lawsuit, he added, is “wasting the taxpayers dollars and the courts time on unfounded conspiracy,” according to his Twitter post. “Plaintiff and their attorneys must be held accountable.” Ed. Note: No, it is you and those outlaws like you who seek to undermine the election who need to be imprisoned and otherwise held accountable.
A spokesman for Maricopa County said that the court system is the appropriate location for election-related challenges after Lake filed her lawsuit on December 9.
Fields Moseley, the spokesman, said this week that Maricopa County, the most populous in Arizona, “looks forward to sharing facts about the administration of the 2022 general election and our work to ensure every legal voter had an opportunity to cast their ballot.”
After the November 8 midterms, Mohave County officials delayed certification of their election results and expressed uncertainty over Maricopa County’s results. They made reference to reports of ballot printer problems in dozens of Maricopa polling locations, which were confirmed by Gates and Richer during a press conference; the two Maricopa officials, however, said no voters were disenfranchised and that the printer issue was solved by later in the day.
According to Maricopa officials, some 70 of the 223 county voting centers on November 8 had issues and claimed that about 16,000 ballots couldn’t be placed in tabulating machines. They told voters at the time to place their ballots in drop boxes instead.
That drew rebuke from the state Attorney General’s office, which sent a letter demanding information about Election Day-related problems.
But Mohave’s supervisors ultimately voted to certify the election in late November after its chairman, Ron Gould, claimed that he had “no choice” to vote in favor of certification or he would be “arrested and charged with a felony.”
“I don’t think that is what the Founders had in mind when they used the democratic process to elect our leaders,” he said while casting his vote.
Another Mohave Board member, Hildy Anguis, said she faced similar legal action if she did not vote in favor of certification.
“To not certify this election at all, I think, was never our intent. It would certainly disenfranchise the voters of Mohave County and hurt our candidates who worked so hard to get elected,” she said.
Ed. Note: Any act performed under duress - that is, under threat of arrest - has been coerced, which means it is an invalid act under the law and can be revoked. Those people who threatened officials with arrest unless they certified a patently illegal election result need to be either thrown in prison for their criminal actions or executed by patriotic militias as a last result. Revolution Now! Independence Forever!