Update: Judge dismisses Kari Lake election lawsuit; Rules no intentional misconduct

by WorldTribune Staff, December 24, 2022

[Editor’s Note: The following is an update of a December 23 report: ‘Maricopa elections director admits printer settings were changed on Election Day’]

An Arizona judge on Saturday dismissed Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake’s election lawsuit.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson found that Lake had not proven that election officials committed intentional misconduct sufficient to change the election outcome.

Kari Lake

Lake, who reportedly lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by 17,000 votes, had alleged Maricopa election officials intentionally sabotaged her victory by causing Election Day printer malfunctions and violating chain of custody procedures.

“My Election Case provided the world with evidence that proves our elections are run outside of the law. This Judge did not rule in our favor. However, for the sake of restoring faith and honesty in our elections, I will appeal his ruling.” Lake said following Saturday’s ruling.

In testimony on Thursday, Maricopa County’s director of elections admitted that the settings on the printers which printed out ballots were changed on elections day.

The result was ballots being printed on the wrong sized paper which ended up jamming the tabulators on Election Day in Arizona’s largest county.

Scott Jarrett said under oath that the ballot issue was known on Nov. 8 and is still under investigation, but that Maricopa County never informed the public.

“This would suggest Katie Hobbs certified an election with ongoing printer issue investigations,” investigative journalist Drew Hernandez noted.

Following the conclusion of day two of the trial, Lake said: “If we don’t have honest elections where we decide who represents us, then we don’t have a country anymore.”

In what was one of the more bizarre moments during day two of the Lake election trial, Maricopa County attorney Tom Liddy argued that it was “political malpractice” for a campaign to tell voters to vote in person on Election Day instead of voting early, and that “you reap what you sow,” meaning that Lake’s campaign lost because of strategy, not because of a printer malfunction error that rendered the ballots incapable of being machine read.


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