A group of 20 Arizona citizens filed a lawsuit to the state Supreme Court on May 6 seeking a writ of quo warranto against a number of state officials, alleging that state elections from 2018 through 2020 weren’t in compliance with Arizona law.
The court is being asked to order the state officials named in the complaint to be removed from the allegedly unlawfully held seats, and order a pro-tempore (“for the time being”) seat to the citizens who filed the suit, “until such time as free, fair, and secure elections can be held.”
The group asserts that the contractor labs that conduct checks to certify voting machine equipment in elections weren’t accredited to do so by the EAC in elections 2018 through 2020. Such accreditation is mandated by federal and state law.
In its statement, the citizens group said that the state of Arizona “went out of compliance in February of 2017 (or possibly sooner) and was only recently purported to be recertified in January 2021.” As such, any machine certification conducted by the allegedly nonaccredited contractor labs in elections 2018 through 2020 would be invalidated, according to the group.
The writ of quo warranto complaint alleged that “valid, ratified, contractual relationship between contractor labs and the EAC have not existed since 2016 and possibly earlier.” It says, “If the contractor labs did not renew their contracts, then how can they be allowed access to our most critical infrastructure? How can they certify anything when they have not agreed to abide by law, and have not entered into valid contract to do so?”
“Due to the outstanding circumstances posed by COVID-19, the renewal process for EAC laboratories has been delayed for an extended period,” he wrote in the memos.
The citizens group in the complaint redacted their individual names “due to a reasonable concern for their safety.”
They’re asking the state Supreme Court for a full review of the matter within five days, and are demanding a response from the respondents named in the suit “within 3 days of completion of review and upon being notified by the court.”
Respondents in the suit include Gov. Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, Maricopa Sheriff Paul Penzone, Pima Sheriff Chris Nanos, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, Maricopa Recorder Stephen Richer, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. There are also three corporations commissioners, two state senators, and four state representatives named in the complaint.
The offices of Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment.