Judge Rules Heart of Lake’s Lawsuit Will Go Forward

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Arizona Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled Monday night that two issues at the heart of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s election challenge will go to trial.

The lawsuit filed against Maricopa County election officials and Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs challenged the validity of Hobbs’ win over Lake by just over 17,000 votes in the Nov. 8 governor’s race.

Hobbs and Maricopa County had filed a motion to dismiss the entire election challenge.

Thompson set aside eight of 10 counts of Lake’s complaint, including whether the state followed the law regarding signature verification of mail-in ballots, as well as Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer’s involvement in founding and helping raise funds for a political action committee dedicated to defeating MAGA Republican candidates like Lake.

The judge also dismissed claims that Republicans’ constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated on Election Day by the county’s conduct of the contest.

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Several media outlets made much of Thompson’s decision to dismiss the majority of the counts in Lake’s suit and played down the fact that the heart of it went forward.

Phoenix Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV tweeted, “A Maricopa County judge has dismissed most of Kari Lake’s election lawsuit.” Lake’s campaign rightly identified the tweet as “spin.”

At the core of Lake’s legal complaint are Count 2, involving Election Day ballot printer issues, and Count 4, involving chain-of-custody documentation affecting over 300,000 ballots.

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Count 2 states that the ballot-on-demand printers and tabulators were not properly certified prior to Election Day, when, according to Lake’s legal team, 59 percent of polling stations (132 locations) had machines malfunction. Hours-long lines resulted in…


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