Kari Lake Files 74-Page Lawsuit Against Katie Hobbs:- After a grueling 10-month legal battle surrounding the 2022 election, Arizona Republican Kari Lake continues to demonstrate her unwavering determination. In light of her narrow loss to Democrat Katie Hobbs in the gubernatorial race, Lake has raised concerns about potential misconduct that marred the election process.
These allegations include malfunctioning voting systems and flawed verification procedures for early voters’ ballots. Despite launching numerous attempts within Arizona’s state court system to challenge the results, Lake has yet to achieve success.
She filed her latest appeal of a court ruling that went against her in May, according to the Arizona Republic. That appeal, which dealt with election issues in Maricopa County, was transferred to an appeals court based in Tucson. Lake’s opening brief in the case says there is new evidence to support her allegations.
According to a brief filed with the court, new evidence reveals that Maricopa falsely certified its 446 vote-center tabulators as having passed the mandatory L&A certification testing before Election Day. Additionally, it strongly suggests that Maricopa had planned for the Election Day debacle. In this context, L&A stands for “logic and accuracy.”
The filing emphasizes the importance of this certification because it explains how misconfigured and defective BOD-printed ballots led to the rejection of tens of thousands of ballots by Maricopa’s vote-center tabulators. It further asserts that such issues could have been prevented through proper L&A testing. Here, BOD represents “ballot on demand.”
According to the filing, the ensuing chaos resulted in long lines and wait times, preventing tens of thousands of predominantly Republican voters from exercising their right to vote. The filing indicates that Arizona elections are now facing unprecedented challenges. New evidence presented by Maricopa County strongly suggests intentional sabotage of the 2022 General Election by Maricopa officials, who then provided false testimony in an attempt to conceal their misconduct.
Even in the most favorable light for Maricopa, the evidence clearly demonstrates intentional failure to conduct required logic and accuracy (‘L&A’) testing. This act of altering election equipment has irreparably flawed the election.
Referring to the October testing as mere “kabuki theatre,” the filing reveals that after falsely ‘certifying’ L&A testing on October 11, 2022, Maricopa proceeded to unlawfully test all 446 vote-center tabulators on October 14, 17, and 18.
According to the system log files of the tabulator system, it is evident that 260 vote-center tabulators rejected ballots due to the same error codes encountered on Election Day. This evidence strongly suggests that Maricopa’s unannounced and unlawful testing served as a trial run for the Election Day failure, as stated in the filing.
The filing stated that Maricopa officials admitted, seven months later, that they replaced the memory cards and election software on 446 vote-center tabulators from October 14-18, 2022.
They substituted the original software with reformatted memory cards containing supposedly pre-tested election software. However, Maricopa failed to conduct L&A (logic and accuracy) testing on these tabulators after the swap, as required by the protocols.
Lake supporters are leveraging a recent court ruling to bolster their claims. In the case presided over by Yavapai County Superior Court Judge John Napper earlier this month, he expressed his view that the current method of verifying voter signatures on early ballots is not in compliance with state law.
Rather than matching signatures to Arizona voters’ registration records, which is required by law according to his interpretation, the present practice involves utilizing alternative documents for comparison. Despite this discrepancy, Lake allies continue to utilize the court ruling as supporting evidence for their stance.
Lake supporter Ryan Heath is using the information from Tucson.com to argue for a new filing. His claim suggests that the election Lake lost should be repeated due to alleged irregularities in signature verification standards.
In his official statement, Heath asserted that Maricopa County failed to uniformly apply these standards to approximately 1.3 million mail-in ballots cast.
Consequently, he believes that all those votes are compromised and necessitate legal action, calling for the invalidation of Maricopa County’s ballots for statewide races in the upcoming 2022 General Election.