Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs released this statement in response to the ‘Kraken’ lawsuit:
“Today’s dismissal of the election lawsuit marks a turning point in our democratic process. It’s time for us to turn our attention to rebuilding our faith in each other.
“My sincerest concern about each of these legal actions was never that they would invalidate the results, but were instead intended to create discord and dissolution, further exploiting divisions in our communities. Although the courts have dismissed these claims, the damage has been done. We are emerging from an election cycle that has further normalized vitriol and violence.
“When leaders elected from our own communities tell their neighbors to prove their commitment to country through bloodshed, it crosses a line. We are on the verge of conducting a ceremony that is part of the cannon of US history, having to worry about the safety of those who will be in attendance, which is wholly the fault of feckless leaders who are ginning up violence and rhetoric that is unbecoming of those in their positions. No credible evidence has been presented. Courts have tossed out every claim. There will be another chance at the ballot in four years - that's how it works. Leaders must step up and say this is unacceptable and un-American. Enough is enough.
“This election is one for the record books, for a number of reasons. Participation was at a historic high, as was interest in the innerworkings of this civic process, which is the kind of scrutiny that pushes the process to be better. I have full confidence in this election. That confidence has been affirmed by the courts. This is not the end of the discussion of how we conduct elections in this state or country – this is likely the beginning of a lengthy debate about how to reclaim faith in our democratic institutions. I look forward to those discussions with people of good intent and interest in rebuilding our faith in each other.”