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Attorney for AZ secretary of state asks judge to toss lawsuit over Election Procedures Manual

In a new legal filing, an attorney for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit over the Elections Procedures Manual. 

Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the secretary of state, demanding changes to the manual that tells local elected officials what they can and cannot due during elections. 

Attorney Roopali Desai says Hobbs has complied with the state law while drafting the manual, but Brnovich waited more than four months to sue after his deadline to approve the changes. 

Desai claims there is nothing in the statute that gives the attorney general final say on specific provisions in the manual and that would give Brnovich unilateral power. 

Furthermore, she said if the changes he wants are implemented, it would cost Maricopa County alone $420,000 to reprint ballot envelopes. 

The judge set a June 10 hearing. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.