Arizona judge rules two of Kari Lake’s election challenge claims can go to trial

Arizona judge rules two of Kari Lake’s election challenge claims can go to trial

An Arizona judge ruled that two out of 10 claims, brought by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, challenging Democrat Governor-elect Katie Hobbs’ election victory can go to trial.

Maricopa County Superior Judge Peter Thompson dismissed eight out of 10 counts in Lake’s election lawsuit – ruling they did not fall under the proper criteria to bring election challenges under Arizona law. Judge Thompson ruled that two counts can be brought to trial. They concern printer malfunctions on Election Day and the ballot chain of custody. Lake claimed that printers that failed to function properly were not certified and that they were “vulnerable to hacking.” Lake also claimed that the printers were defective due to “intentional actions.”

Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
(AP Photo/Matt York)

Judge Thompson said Lake must prove at trial that someone interfered with the printers in violation of Arizona law, that the interference caused her to lose votes and that those lost votes affected the outcome of the election.

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As for the chain of custody issue, Lake claimed employees of the county’s ballot contractor violated the “County Election Manual” when they added ballots of family members and also failed to secure an “Inbound Receipt of Delivery.” Judge Thompson said whether the county complied with its own manual and applicable statutes is a dispute of fact rather than one of law.

A list of the eight dismissed counts include:

  • Count I – Violation of Freedom of Speech
  • Count III – Invalid Signatures on Mail-In Ballots
  • Count V: Equal Protection
  • Count VI: Due Process
  • Count VII – Secrecy Clause
  • Count VIII: Incorrect Certification
  • Count IX: Inadequate Remedy
  • Count X: Constitutional Rights

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Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs in a photo side-by-side.

Photo of Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs side-by-side
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A two-day trial will take place before January 2. Hobbs, Arizona’s current Secretary, and County Recorder Stephen Richer will be required to testify.

No exact date for trial was set, but Judge Thompson asked that all parties involved submit a list with the anticipated time required for the proceedings no later than 12 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Lake posted a response to the ruling via Twitter: “BREAKING! Our Election Case is going before trial. Katie Hobbs tried to get our case dismissed Failed. She will be called to testify. America, buckle up! This is not over. “

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Lake, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, lost to Hobbs by just over 17,000 votes. However, the former TV anchor claimed that “thousands” of voters, disproportionately Republican gave up voting due the long wait times, or simply avoided the polls after witnessing the chaos. “

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