Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) released a statement Monday, a mere hours after certifying the canvass of the Arizona General Election, saying he will continue to enforce and defend Arizona’s election laws throughout his term.

“As we gather today to solidify the 2022 midterm election results, many Arizonans of all political persuasions continue to have doubts about our election processes,” said Brnovich. “As attorney general, I have made it one of my office’s highest priorities to defend our election laws and advocate for changes when necessary. I will continue to do so throughout the end of my term.”

The Arizona Sun Times reached out to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) for additional comments but did not hear back.

Brnovich further clarified that his role at the certification meeting was to serve as a witness, although his signature was required on the certification document. He stated that his presence as the certification was not an “endorsement of the election results nor the lawfulness under which the election was conducted.” He said it would ultimately fall on election challenges to contest and bring forth evidence that wrongdoing occurred in the election.

As reported by the Sun Times, the election certification took place Monday morning. Appearing alongside Brnovich was Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Robert Brutinel (R), and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who is also the governor-elect.

As for Ducey, he is sticking with his plan to help Hobbs transition into the governor’s office.

“As I’ve said before, the people have spoken. And what I want to make sure is that we are going to have a seamless and successful transition,” Ducey said in an interview on Fox 10. “I think it’s 36 days between today and the day of the new governor’s swearing-in. So I just want to make certain that this office continues with the momentum it has, and we’re going to have a peaceful transfer of power.”

Ducey also tweeted a statement thanking all poll workers and volunteers in the November election. “Grateful for your dedication to democracy,” he said.

However, even without challenges, this election cycle is still not finished. Three races, including the attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and Legislative District 13 for the state House of Representatives, will all go to an automatic recount.

Moreover, following the certification, people voiced their disapproval. Twitter user Christina Bobb said Brnovich abandoned the people of Arizona by certifying the election.

“He should never hold public office again,” Bobb tweeted.

However, as Brnovich noted, challenges are likely coming in this election. Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake spoke on Steve Bannon’s WarRoom and said she has something big coming.

“We’re ready to go with what we believe to be an exceptional lawsuit. And we believe we will be victorious in that lawsuit. We’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court, if we have to. We will not stop fighting. Because the people of Arizona were disenfranchised,” Lake said.

Lake acknowledged that in Arizona, the election must be certified before it can be challenged. So, while she stated Ducey and Brnovich should not certify the election, she will take the opportunity to make her move.

Republican Abe Hamadeh, the nominee for attorney general, previously filed a lawsuit against the election, but it was dismissed for being filed too early. Hamadeh will likely refile.

Jeremy Duda with Axios stated that Lake and Hamadeh would likely not file Monday, and the two have five days to challenge this election.

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Neil Jones is a reporter for The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Neil on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Mark Brnovich” by Mark Brnovich. Background Photo “Election Day 2022” by Phil Roeder. CC BY 2.0.