Appeals court rejects Kari Lake’s challenge of Arizona election loss
Thursday’s appeals court rejected Republican Kari lake’s challenge to her loss to Democrat Katie Hobbs during the 2022 Arizona governor race.
A lower court judge ruled that Lake had not presented evidence to support her claim that November’s results were tainted due to illegal votes or misconduct by election officials.
Chief Judge Kent E. Cattani wrote that Thursday’s evidence to the Superior Court of Maricopa County “ultimately supports” the court’s conclusion, “that voters were able vote, that votes were correctly counted, and that there is no other basis to invalidate the election results.”
Lake was defeated by Hobbs with 17,117 votes
Lake, a well-known election denier and Trump ally had filed a 70 page lawsuit in December asking for a court order declaring that she was the winner. The Maricopa County Superior Judge Peter Thompson denied it.
Lake claimed that Thompson erred in requiring her to prove that Thompson’s allegations of misconduct had affected the election results.
Cattani however agreed that Lake had to present “competent mathematics basis to conclude that it would plausibly be different, and not just an untethered assertion that uncertainty”
Lake also claimed that his ballot printers were compromised and that tabulators on site had failed to read certain ballots. The appeals court’s opinion addressed this assertion by stating that the lower court had provided ample evidence to support the conclusion that the tabulator and ballot printer issues were due to “mechanical functions that were eventually remedied.”
Cattani stated that Lake’s claim boils down to the suggestion that long lines at voting centers caused by election-day issues, which discouraged and frustrated voters. This allegedly led to a significant number of Lake voters not voting.” “But Lake’s purported evidence that these issues could have an effect on election results was simply speculation.”
Late last year, a federal judge sanctioned attorneys for Mark Finchem and Mark Lake, a Republican who ran an unsuccessful campaign to become secretary of state. The lawsuit was related to an election.
NBC News reported Thursday, that a group of lawyers was planning to file complaints against four Lake lawyers in a voter fraud lawsuit.