Arizona Republican Kari Lake Sues Election Officials After Defeat

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a lawsuit on Wednesday after her election defeat earlier this month, The Associated Press reports.

Lake, who has refused to acknowledge her loss, filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials, saying they have not turned over a variety of documents related to the election in response to public records requests.

The requests seek to identify voters who may have had issues casting a ballot, including those that checked in at multiple voting centers and those who returned a mail ballot but still showed up to vote on Election Day.

Lake is also asking for information about counted and uncounted ballots that were mistakenly mixed by county officials at a handful of vote centers.

Lake asked the court to require the officials to turn over the records before certifying the election, which they are required to do by Monday.

Printer issues:

Lake’s complaints stem from a printing issue that caused vote tabulators at dozens of Maricopa County voting locations to malfunction.

Election officials say the problem was later resolved. Voters that had issues were permitted to submit their ballots, which were counted at a secure location.

Election officials say all votes were counted but Lake claims that some of her supporters may not have been able to cast a ballot amid chaos at the voting centers.

Trump eschews democracy:

Former President Donald Trump, who backed Lake, also pushed false election conspiracy theories and claimed that the election loser should be “installed” as governor.

“Massive numbers of ‘BROKEN’ voting machines in Republican Districts on Election Day,” he wrote on Truth Social. “Mechanics sent in to ‘FIX’ them made them worse. Kari had to be taken to a Democrat area, which was working perfectly, to vote. Her opponent ran the Election. This is yet another criminal voting operation - SO OBVIOUS. Kari Lake should be installed Governor of Arizona. This is almost as bad as the 2020 Presidential Election, which the Unselect Committee refuses to touch because they know it was Fraudulent!”


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