Kari Lake’s lawsuit over Arizona governor’s race thrown out by judge

Kari Lake’s lawsuit over Arizona governor’s race thrown out by judge

throws out Kari Lake’s lawsuit regarding the race of Arizona governor

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Judge dismisses Kari Lake’s lawsuit


Judge dismisses Kari Lake’s lawsuit regarding defeat in the Arizona governor’s race

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A judge has expelled a Republican Kari Lake’s Challenge Her defeat in the Arizona governor’s race Katie Hobbs, Democrat, rejected her claim that problems at some polling stations on Election Day were caused by intentional misconduct.

Peter Thompson, the then-Republican Governor, was reappointed as Maricopa County Superior Judge. Jan Brewer found that there was no clear and convincing evidence that Lake’s widespread misconduct had affected the outcome of the 2022 general elections.

Lake was created following Thompson’s decision. Tweeted by She would be an appealing candidate.

Lake, who Hobbs was lost By just over 17,000 votes, she was one of the most vocal 2022 Republicans supporting former President Donald Trump’s election lies. She made them the centerpiece of her campaign. Lake is not like most other election deniers in the country who conceded after losing their races in November. Instead, she asked the judge if she would declare her the winner or to order a revote for Maricopa County.

Lawyers for Lake focused their attention on issues with the ballot printers at certain polling places in Maricopa County. This county is home to more than 60% Arizona’s voters. The defective printers produced ballots too light for the polling place tabulators to read. The confusion caused some lines to clog.

Officials in the county claim that everyone was allowed to vote and that all ballots were counted. Since the printers damaged ballots were taken to the headquarters of the elections department, more sophisticated counters were used to count them. They are currently investigating the cause of the printer problems.

Kari Lake speaks at America Fest, an event that Turning Point USA organized in Phoenix, Arizona on December 20, 2022.
Kari Lake speaks at America Fest, an event that Turning Point USA organized in Phoenix, Arizona on December 20, 2022.

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Lake’s lawyers also claimed that the chain of custody for the ballots was broken at an out-of-site facility where a contractor scans mail ballots in preparation for processing. They claim that workers at the facility placed their own mail ballots in the pile, instead of sending them through regular channels. Also, paperwork documenting the transfer of the ballots was missing. The county refutes the claim.

Lake had to prove that misconduct took place and that it was intended to deny victory. In the end, Lake was given the challenge with very difficult odds.

Her attorneys referred to a witness who examined 14 ballots for her campaign. He found 19-inch images of the ballot printed onto 20-inch paper. This meant that the ballots couldn’t be read by a tabulator. The witness claimed that someone had changed the configurations of those printers, which was disputed by election officials.

Officials in the county claim that the ballot images were slightly smaller because a shrink-to fit feature was selected by an employee looking for solutions to Election Day problems. The county officials claim that about 1,200 ballots were affected when the feature was turned on. They also claim that duplicates of those ballots were made so that they could have been read by a tabulator. Officials said that these ballots were eventually counted.

Lake had a public-opinion pollster testify on his behalf. He claimed that technical problems at the polling stations had disenfranchised enough voters to have affected the outcome of the race in Lake’s favor. An expert called by election officials to testify said that there was no evidence to support the pollster’s claim about 25,000-40,000 voters who didn’t vote because of Election Day problems.

Eight of the 10 claims Lake made in her lawsuit were dismissed by Thompson before. Lake claimed that Hobbs, as secretary of state and Maricopa county recorder Stephen Richer, engaged in censorship in flagging social media posts containing election misinformation for possible removal via Twitter. He also denied her claims of discrimination against Republicans, and said that mail-in voting is illegal.

Hobbs is elected governor on January 2.

A judge dismissed Republican Abraham Hamadeh’s challenge to the results of his race against Democrat Kris Mayes, Arizona attorney general. The court found that Hamadeh, who was 511 votes behind Mayes but has not conceded the race to Mayes, did not prove the errors in the vote counting that he had claimed.

Thursday’s court hearing will be held to present the results of recounts in the races as attorney general, state superintendent, and for a seat in the state legislature.

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