Kari Lake files first lawsuit asking Maricopa County to prove election integrity

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Kari Lake, Arizona Republican candidate for governor, speaks to supporters at the Republican watch party in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Ross D. Franklin/WHD

Kari Lake files first lawsuit asking Maricopa County to prove election integrity

Heather Hamilton

November 25, 07:57 AM November 25, 07:57 AM

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Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County over its administration of the midterm elections.

Lake, who has vocally cast doubts regarding her loss to Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Arizona Superior Court. In it, she is suing Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder, and other officials.

Lake is asking the court to require that the officials produce records on how they conducted the midterm elections.


“Given instances of misprinted ballots, the commingling of counted and uncounted ballots, and long lines discouraging people from voting, as demonstrated in the attached declarations, these records are necessary for Plaintiff to determine the full extent of the problems identified and their impacts on electors,” the suit reads.

The lawsuit also asks the court to require that records be produced prior to the county’s canvassing of voting results scheduled for Nov. 28.

Lake has refused to concede. On Monday, the Republican candidate said, “If we give up now, we will no longer have a country.”

“Would you get on a plane if HALF of the engines didn’t work?” she asked in a letter released Monday. “Would our friends in the media be able to broadcast their nightly propaganda if HALF of their studio equipment was not working?”

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said that despite an issue with some tabulator machines in Maricopa County on Election Day, voters were given alternate ways of voting.

“People were still able to vote, it was just a matter of maybe not voting in the way they wanted to,” he said on Nov. 8. “We do not believe that anyone has been disenfranchised, because no one has been turned away.”

Outgoing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) met with Hobbs on Wednesday, saying he would work with her to ensure a smooth transition.

“Today I congratulated Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in a hard-fought race and offered my full cooperation as she prepares to assume the leadership of the State of Arizona,” Ducey said in a statement.

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