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Kari Lake Is Not Done Fighting Yet, Gives Important Update on Her Election Challenge

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Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake confirmed Wednesday night that her election challenge will first go to the Arizona Court of Appeals before going on to the state’s Supreme Court.

“My court case will be going before the Appeals Court prior to the Arizona Supreme Court because it’s already been scheduled for review,” she tweeted.

“This decision was done without prejudice & I am confident the case will end up in their hands eventually. We’re moving forward,” Lake said.

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On Dec. 24, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled in favor of Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ win over Lake in the November general election.

Lake’s legal team filed a petition Sunday with the state Supreme Court seeking to bypass the appeals court.

The candidate’s appeal includes all 10 counts that were in her original complaint.

Thompson set aside eight counts in her complaint, allowing just two to go to trial: one regarding the ballot printers being misconfigured and another dealing with ballot chain of custody.

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In their legal filing with the Supreme Court, the GOP candidate’s attorneys wrote that the evidence put forward at trial proved that Maricopa County officials “caused the chaos arising at nearly two-thirds of Maricopa’s 223 vote centers [on Election Day], admitted after first denying, the illegally misconfigured ballots were injected into the election, causing tabulators to rejects tens of thousands of ballots, disproportionately targeting Republican voters.”

A cybersecurity expert testified at trial last month that the change in the printer setting could not have been accidental.

“These are not a bump against the printer and the settings change,” Clay Parikh said.

“There are security configurations,” he said. “I’ve reviewed the evidence, and the printers are configured via script, which by any large organization that has to do multiple systems is the standard.”

The misprinted ballots contributed to hours-long lines forming in many polling locations.

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Lake argued that since Republicans voted 3-to-1 over Democrats on Election Day, what happened was large-scale vote suppression of her supporters.

In addition to printer issues, she alleged more than 300,000 ballots lacked chain-of-custody documentation.

Lake’s legal team also said the total number of ballots the county reported in the election increased by nearly 25,000 from Nov. 9, the day after the contest, to Nov. 11.

That number is significant because it exceeds Hobbs’ approximately 17,000-vote margin of victory over Lake.

Lake’s attorneys further wrote in their petition to the state Supreme Court that Maricopa officials “allowed tens of thousands of ballots with voters’ signatures which clearly did not match the record signature and were not properly cured to be counted in the 2022 general election.”

In light of these and other issues, Lake is seeking a new election in Maricopa County.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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