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Kari Lake is suing Maricopa’s Republican leaders in their fight against Arizona’s loss

Kari Lake named several Maricopa County officials Wednesday in a lawsuit aimed at gaining access to 2022 election records.

Several of those named in their lawsuit are Republican leaders in the county.

Lake, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump, was running for governor of Arizona this election cycle. She has yet to admit the race announced for Democrat Katie Hobbs last week. Outgoing Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has already met with Hobbs as she prepares to step in as the state’s new governor in January.

Kari Lake is suing Maricopa County election officials
Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Wednesday sued election officials in Maricopa County over access to voting records. Above, Lake speaks to supporters during her Scottsdale Resort election night event at McCormick Ranch on November 8, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Lake has repeatedly questioned the integrity of this year’s Arizona midterm elections. She told her supporters earlier this week that she intends to “continue to fight” the results of what she described as a “botched” election. she has claimed that problems with voting machines and long waiting times for in-person voting “have discriminated against people who have decided to vote on election day”.

On Wednesday, Lake’s Arizona political committee Kari Lake filed a lawsuit “to compel the prompt production of public records under the Arizona Public Records Act,” court documents showed. She claimed that “many” people in Arizona “may not have been able to vote,” citing as examples “cases of misprinted ballots, the mixing of counted and uncounted ballots, and long lines preventing people from voting.”

Lake’s lawsuit seeks release of the county’s election records. Two public record requests previously filed by Lake’s team that were asked for the records were “unlawfully denied,” the complaint said. Lake’s political committee went on to say that it “cannot determine that every lawful vote is being counted” without having access to records showing how county officials conducted the election.

“We need information from Maricopa County,” Lake told Steve Bannon during an appearance on Bannon Wednesday war room, during which Lake discussed the lawsuit. “They made the worst election ever in history and we want some information.”

Lake’s lawsuit names Maricopa County and eight county officials as defendants in the lawsuit. The first person named in the lawsuit is Stephen Richer, who is a Maricopa County Recorder and a member of the Republican Party. Richer created a political action committee called the Pro-Democracy Republicans PAC last fall, which stated on its website that the time has come for Republicans to “accept and acknowledge” that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election. The PAC says it was created “to support Arizona’s pro-democracy Republicans.”

Lake criticized Richer for his PAC in a Wednesday tweet.

“The man responsible for Maricopa Co’s disastrous election is Stephen Richer,” Lake’s tweet said. “He ran an anti-Kari Lake PAC.”

Lake linked her tweet to an article by The Arizona Sun Times, which reported that Richer’s PAC received money from donors supporting Democratic candidates. She also called on the Arizona Attorney General to investigate Richer and his PAC.

Along with Richer, Lake’s lawsuit names as co-defendants Rey Valenzuela, the Maricopa County Elections Commissioner for Election Services and Early Voting, and Scott Jarrett, the county Elections Commissioner for Election Day and Emergency Voting. Also listed as defendants are the five people elected to the Maricopa County board of directors: Chairman Bill Gates, Vice Chairman Clint Hickman, and supervisors Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin and Steve Gallardo. Gates, Hickman, Sellers and Galvin are all Republicans.

news week turned to district officials for comment.

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