Ward v. Jackson, et al. (CV2020-015285)
Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward filed a petition on Nov. 24 for early inspection of mail-in ballot envelopes and signatures, ahead of an anticipated elections contest against 11 Arizona Democrat presidential electors. Ward’s challenge alleges that some suburbs in Maricopa County had an unusually high number of duplicated ballots. It also claims that there were insufficient safeguards to verify mail-in ballots.
Nov. 24: Petition filed.
Aguilera v. Fontes et al (CV2020-014562)
Two Arizona residents filed a lawsuit against state officials, seeking relief for a violation of their right to vote when election officials allegedly failed to follow the correct election procedures. Laurie Aguilera had claimed she was denied the right to vote because she was not given a new ballot after her vote was rejected by the tabulation machine. Meanwhile, Dovocan Drobina claims that his vote was not properly counted by the machines. A state judge dismissed the case on Nov. 20.
Arizona Republican Party v Fontes et al (CV2020-014553)
The Republican Party of Arizona filed a lawsuit (pdf) against Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and other state officials, seeking a hand count of votes by precinct, as opposed to by voting centers. Under the Secretary of State’s manual, election officials must perform a limited precinct hand count audit after every general election. For the 2020 election, Maricopa County set up “vote centers” across the county rather than assign voters to “polling places” in their precincts, as had been the traditional practice in prior elections. The difference in sampling vote centers compared to precincts is that there are significantly fewer vote centers. The state’s Republicans, hence, are asking for the sampling of precincts rather than vote centers for the hand count audit. A state judge dismissed the case on Nov. 19.
Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. et al vs Hobbs et al (CV2020-014248)
The Trump campaign and the RNC filed a lawsuit over rejected votes in Maricopa County. The lawsuit alleges in-person votes were disregarded as a result of improper guidance provided by poll workers. The court dismissed the case on Nov. 16.
Aguilera v. Fontes et al (CV2020-014083)
The Trump campaign and RNC asked an Arizona judge to let them join a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.