The lawsuit, which alleges electoral laws were violated, was filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court
MARICOPA COUNTY, Arizona — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against election officials in Maricopa County, alleging that voting laws were violated during the general election earlier this month. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Lake was defeated by Democrat Katie Hobbs in the election, with Hobbs receiving 50.3% of the vote while Lake received 49.7%.
The lawsuit asks the county to provide records of the administration of the Nov. 8 general election. It notes that there is an urgent need for prompt disclosure of the requested information, as there is still time to “determine whether the county violated their (Lakes’) rights or the law and take remedial action.”
The defendants in Lake’s lawsuit are: Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, Maricopa County Director of Elections for Election Services and Early Voting Rey Valenzuela, Maricopa County Director of Elections for Election Day and Emergency Voting Scott Jarrett, members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Bill Gates, Clint Hickman, Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin and Steve Gallardo.
Complaints listed in the lawsuit include allegations of misprinted ballots that were unreadable by voting machines, mixing of counted and uncounted ballots, long lines at polling stations that prevented voters from voting, and other conditions.
This isn’t the first lawsuit filed against Maricopa County election officials following the November election. Earlier this week GOP Arizona Attorney General nominee Abe Hamadeh and the Republican National Committee also filed lawsuits against county officials. Hamadeh’s lawsuit alleged “errors and inaccuracies” in the administration of certain polling stations and the counting of ballots at the election.
And the Arizona Attorney General’s Office’s Election Integrity Unit is asking Maricopa County to provide a full and detailed report of ballot tab issues encountered on Election Day.
In a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney General’s Office, the attorney general’s office urged the country to respond to the issues voters experienced in the Nov. 8 vote.
The letter states, “These complaints go beyond speculation, but include first-hand testimony that raises concerns about Maricopa County’s lawful compliance with Arizona electoral law.”
According to Maricopa County election officials, a total of 60 polling stations had problems with tab printer settings on election day.
In the days and weeks following the election, Maricopa County election officials aggressively squashed rumors and skewed and false claims as the Arizona vote count came under intense scrutiny.
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