Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has advanced her ongoing legal battle against former Secretary of State turned Governor Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) to the next phase. The Arizona Supreme Court has consented to expedite an appeal hearing after two lower courts rejected her election challenge.
According to Conservative Brief, Lake filed a motion to expedite her case in February. Her argument centered on the premise that “expeditious action to resolve these issues is needed to safeguard Arizona voters’ right to free and equal elections.”
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Excellent thread on our case filed in the Arizona Supreme Court last week.
If you’re wondering where things stand, this explains.
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— Kari Lake (@KariLake) March 6, 2023
She makes the case that the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals disregarded the evidence her campaign presented. In so doing she argues, they “ignored this Court’s precedents for reviewing election contests and ratified Maricopa officials’ decision to ignore Arizona’s ballot chain-of-custody (“COC”) and logic and accuracy testing (“L&A testing”) requirements set forth in Arizona’s Election Procedures Manual (“EPM”), and A.R.S. §§16-621(E), 16-449, 16-452(C).”
The filing states,
“The court of appeals’ Opinion denying petitioner Kari Lake’s appeal ruled that Arizona election laws don’t matter.”
On March 3, as reported by The Epoch Times, the Arizona Superior Court issued an order granting the request to expedite. The court wrote, “The Court anticipates considering the matter at an internal conference on March 21, 2023. At the conference, the Court will decide whether to accept review and schedule an oral argument.”
The high court further ordered Hobbs, the Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, and the Arizona Department of State to respond by March 13th or “failure to file a response to a petition or cross petition will not be treated as an admission that the Supreme Court should grant the petition or cross-petition.”
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The lawsuit describes the misconduct of the Arizona election on Nov. 8th, 2022 in detail. It read in part, “Republican attorney observer—part of a group of Republican attorneys covering 115 of 223 vote centers on Election Day—testified there was ‘pandemonium out there everywhere’ with ‘lines out the door, which did not—you did not see during the Primary…. [and] angry and frustrated voters.'”
Lake's legal team continued, “The evidence and testimony presented at the Arizona Senate Committee on Elections meeting on January 23, 2023, showed more than 7,000 ballots being rejected by vote center tabulators every 30 minutes from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm—totaling over 217,000 rejected ballot insertions on a day with approximately 248,000 votes cast.”
The Arizona Supreme Court consists of six justices including Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel. All six were appointed by Republican governors, two by former Gov. Jan Brewer and four by former Gov. Doug Ducey. Arizona's judges are subject to retention elections every two years and must mandatorily retire at age 65. The last Democrat-appointed Justices left the court in 2012 and 2019 respectively.
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