On Wednesday, former Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake took her election integrity lawsuit to the highest court in the state.
After having her case rejected by both the superior and appellate courts over lack of evidence, Lake has appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the results of the 2022 gubernatorial election.
In her appeal, Lake and her lawyers argued that the appellate court had effectively ruled that “Arizona election laws don’t matter,” adding that, “If allowed to stand, the Opinion will make commonplace the type of official arrogance exemplified by Maricopa’s blaming of Republicans for voting on Election Day.”
Lake's lawyers went on to point out that “public trust in elections is at an all-time low,” and that decisions such as those handed down by the aforementioned courts “only serve to further erode that trust.”
“The Legislature did not intend election officials to have this degree of insulation,” they continued. “The undisputed facts, and the violations of law, show that Maricopa's 2022 election must be set aside. Trust must be restored.” Lake and her lawyers then called on the Supreme Court to “grant review to correct this manifest error.”
On January 24, Lake filed a petition for transfer from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court, however, it was denied the following day. The former court delivered its opinion on February 16, affirming the Superior Court's ruling that Democrat Katie Hobbs was the legally elected governor of Arizona.
Since losing the gubernatorial race in November, Lake has vehemently argued that “there was malicious intent that caused disruption so great it changed the results of the election.”
Her case centres around alleged election day malfunctions with Maricopa County's tabulator machines and violations in the chain of custody of ballots discovered by whisteblowers.
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