Lake Campaign Produces Map Illustrating How Voting Machines Malfunctioned Primarily in GOP Areas


GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake showed a map at her “Save Arizona” rally in Scottsdale on Sunday night that illustrated that most of the polling locations impacted by voting machine problems on Election Day were in strongly Republican areas of Maricopa County.

Lake’s election challenge of Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ narrow win in November goes before the Arizona Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Lake stated that a Republican “heat map” was reportedly hanging at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Election Day.

Her campaign tweeted an image of that map on Monday overlaid with the 132 polling locations her campaign said experienced ballot printer issues on Nov. 8 that prevented tabulators from being able to read the ballots.

The map showed that the vast number of malfunctioning polling locations were in Republican areas of the county.

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Lake noted that 75 percent of voters on Election Day chose her.

“I’m starting to figure out why they needed that heat map. Isn’t that something? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence,” she said.

On the morning of Election Day, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, with Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer by his side, said “about 20 percent” of 223 polling locations were experiencing ballot tabulator problems. The county later reported nearly one-third of the polling sites, 70 in all, had the issue.

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An analysis by Rachel Alexander with The Arizona Sun Times in November found that of these 70 locations, 59 were in heavily Republican areas, two were in Republican-leaning areas, and only nine were in Democratic-learning or solidly Democratic parts of the county.

At Lake’s election challenge trial last month, Republican National Committee lawyer Mark Sonnenklar testified that his team of roving attorneys on Election Day found the ballot printer problems actually occurred at 132 locations, or 59 percent in all.

It was later determined that the ballot printers at these locations were configured incorrectly, so the tabulators could not read the ballots.

Cybersecurity expert Clay Parikh testified at Lake’s trial that the configuration error could not have been made by accident.

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“We proved in our court case [Maricopa County officials] intentionally printed the wrong image on the ballots,” Lake said Sunday night.

She explained that the image was supposed to be configured for a 20-inch ballot. “Richer and Gates and their crew printed a 19-inch image [on a 20-inch ballot] — the wrong image on the ballots — so that the tabulators would jam all day long. That’s exactly what happened,” Lake said.

“These two men have the gall to say that was just a hiccup,” she added. “You waited for hours in line and that was a hiccup. You had to go to three or four vote locations and that was a hiccup.”

“I’m sorry, that’s not just a hiccup,” Lake said.

Hours-long lines fueled by ballot printer problems occurred throughout Maricopa County.

This was the scene in ruby-red Anthem on the north side of Phoenix:

Lake recounted that she chose not to vote at her regular polling location on Election Day because of the tabulator problem, but asked her campaign staff to “find the most Democrat voting center in the most Democrat part of town.”

“No line. No wait. They said the machines were working fine,” the candidate reported was her experience at the polling location they chose.

Last month, a trial court judge upheld Hobbs’ win, finding that Lake’s legal team did not provide “clear and convincing” evidence of intentional misconduct by Maricopa County officials to impact the result of the race.

Lake argues in her appeal that the judge employed the wrong standard, saying, based on court precedent, that misconduct that invalidates an election can be much broader than intentional action taken in favor of a particular candidate.

Lake’s legal team is seeking a new election in Maricopa County.

“We have the strongest election lawsuit of our lifetime in the court of appeals right now,” Lake said Sunday. “We are going to win this legal battle.”

A version of this article originally appeared on Patriot Project.

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