Arizona judge dismisses most of Kari Lake’s lawsuit challenging election results

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An Arizona judge has dismissed most of Kari Lake’s election case challenging the victory of her opponent, Governor-elect Katie Hobbs (D), after Lake seized weeks on unproven charges of voter fraud.

Lake had asked the judge to set aside Hobbs’ certified 10-count victory because election officials in Maricopa County — which includes most of the state’s population — had committed misconduct and prepared hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots.

Maricopa County Supreme Court Justice Peter Thompson dismissed eight of the 10 charges Monday night, ruling that they did not fall under the proper criteria to bring election challenges under Arizona law, even if they were true, so they deserved no further consideration.

But Thompson allowed a lawsuit to continue on two other counts that he said, if proven, he could make a claim under the statute governing election challenges: alleged willful interference by election officials impairing Maricopa County’s ballot printers and chain of custody violations.

Lake, an ally of former President Trump who promoted baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election and refused to commit to accepting this year’s results ahead of Election Day, must now prove those two allegations in a trial due later this week. is scheduled.

Since midterms, Lake has railed against Maricopa County and Hobbs officials, calling the election “failed” and “sham” while promising to appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Both Maricopa County and Hobbs, both in her capacity as secretary of state and as a gubernatorial candidate, dispute Lake’s claims and had asked the judge to dismiss all 10 charges.

Hobbs and the county argued in their request for the full dismissal that many of Lake’s allegations were based on procedures put in place well before last month’s election, and said those claims should be made before Election Day.

They also argue that the Lake campaign’s arguments are also baseless and would fail on their merits in the process.

“If there’s anything rotten about Arizona, it’s what this game represents,” a Hobbs attorney said at the hearing. “In recent years, our democracy and its basic principles have been under constant attack by candidates who simply cannot or will not accept the fact that they have lost. The judiciary has served as a bulwark against these attempts to undo our democratic system from within.”

Maricopa County, which straddles the Phoenix area, has become an epicenter of allegations of disenfranchising voters after some of Election Day’s polling centers experienced printer outages.

Election officials insist affected voters could have used one of several backup options, but Lake, noting that voters favor Republicans on election day in Arizona, claimed election officials deliberately sabotaged her victory and that their backup options voters were still disenfranchised.

“Plaintiff must demonstrate at trial that the [Election Day] printer failures were intentional and intended to affect the results of the election, and that such actions actually affected the outcome,” the judge said of the first remaining count in Monday’s order.

For the other remaining count, Lake claims that more than 300,000 Maricopa County ballots did not have proper chain of custody papers.

The county disputes that claim, arguing that Lake does not understand the various forms of paperwork and stating that Maricopa has all the necessary documentation on file.

Lake’s litigation campaign had also promoted a range of other allegations dismissed by the judge, including that some mail-in ballots were tabulated despite signature mismatches.

Lake had also targeted the Arizona Secretary of State office, which Hobbs heads, for flagging multiple tweets containing untruths about the Arizona election. Twitter eventually decided to delete those tweets.

“This case is also about a covert government censorship operation that would make Orwell blush,” Lake’s lawyer said at a hearing Monday, referring to George Orwell, who wrote the dystopian novel “1984.”

Lake is one of several GOP nominees to challenge the results of their election.

Judges have dismissed separate election contests filed by a senator contesting Hobbs’ gubernatorial victory, and another filed by defeated Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem (R), challenging his Democratic rival’s victory.

Arizona Republican Attorney General nominee Abe Hamadeh, who trailed his Democratic opponent by just 511 of 2.5 million ballots, has also contested the results of his race.

A state judge in Arizona’s Mohave County heard similar arguments on Monday about a motion to dismiss in that case, but Hamadeh’s battle, which the Republican National Committee has joined, is still on.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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