After months of legal battles, Arizona Republican Kari Lake continues to fight the results of the 2022 election. Lake narrowly lost the race for governor to Democrat Katie Hobbs and has alleged misconduct in the election process, including malfunctioning election systems and improper signature verification of early voters’ ballots. Despite multiple attempts to have the results overturned in Arizona’s state court system, Lake has been unsuccessful so far.
According to the Arizona Republic, Lake filed her latest appeal of a court ruling in May, which dealt with election issues in Maricopa County. The appeal was transferred to an appeals court based in Tucson. In her opening brief, Lake claims that there is new evidence to support her allegations.
The brief filed with the court states, “New evidence demonstrates that Maricopa falsely certified its 446 vote-center tabulators passed mandatory L&A certification testing prior to Election Day and strongly suggests Maricopa planned the Election Day debacle.” L&A stands for “logic and accuracy.” The filing argues that faulty ballot printing caused the tabulators to reject tens of thousands of ballots, leading to chaos and long wait times that impacted predominantly Republican voters.
The filing further accuses Maricopa officials of intentionally sabotaging the election and attempting to cover up their misconduct. It alleges that Maricopa failed to conduct required L&A testing, altered election equipment, and performed unannounced and unlawful testing of vote-center tabulators. Additionally, the filing claims that Maricopa officials swapped out memory cards and election software without performing necessary testing.
Supporters of Lake are also using a recent court ruling to bolster their claims. Yavapai County Superior Court Judge John Napper expressed his belief that the current practice of verifying voter signatures on early ballots does not comply with state law. Napper stated that matching signatures to voter registration records is required by law, contrary to the current practice of using other documents. Lake supporter Ryan Heath has filed a motion citing this ruling and arguing that the election should be redone.
Heath’s filing asserts that Maricopa County failed to apply uniform signature verification standards for approximately 1.3 million mail-in ballots, thereby tainting each vote with uncertainty. He argues that all ballots from Maricopa County should be set aside for all statewide races in the 2022 General Election as a matter of law.
Despite facing legal obstacles, Lake remains determined to challenge the election results. Her ongoing efforts reflect the deep divisions and controversies surrounding the 2022 election in Arizona. As the case moves forward, Arizona’s electoral landscape remains uncertain, and the outcome of Lake’s appeal will be closely watched by supporters and critics alike.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.