Kari Lake, the GOP candidate who lost Arizona’s gubernatorial race in November, filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging certification of the state’s election results and seeking a court order that would declares winner.
The 70-page lawsuit of Lake, a prominent Holocaust denier and Trump ally, contains numerous inaccuracies about the election won by Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, secretary of state for Arizona.
The lawsuit names Hobbs and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer as defendants, along with other Maricopa election officials, saying their alleged misconduct “voids” election results in the state’s most populous county and that their actions led “wrongfully” to the state. naming Hobbs as the winner.
“Lake received the most votes and is entitled to be named the winner,” the lawsuit states. “Alternatively, the election must be rerun in Maricopa County to eliminate the effects of maladministration and illegal voting on the vote counts reported by Maricopa County.”
The lawsuit says the malfunctions of the ballot printer and tabulator, which Lake said were intentional, “created chaos” on Election Day with “excessively long wait lines” that caused lower voter turnout and disproportionately deter Republican voters who were more likely to vote for him.
Maricopa County released a report on voting issues late last month after the state’s Republican attorney general’s office demanded answers about widespread problems with voting machines. Election officials had urged voters at polling stations where machines were malfunctioning to exercise other options, including either depositing their ballots in a secure box to be counted later in the day or traveling to another location. to vote.
Lake’s lawsuit seeks a series of court orders, including “overturning the certified result of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election and declaring Kari Lake the winner of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election.” “.
Arizona certified its election results on Monday.
In a statement Friday, Hobbs’ campaign manager blasted Lake’s filing of a “sham lawsuit.”
“Kari Lake needs attention like a fish needs water – and independent experts and local election officials from both parities have made it clear that this was a wise, safe and fair election,” said said Hobbs’ campaign manager.
“The people of Arizona made their voices heard and elected Katie Hobbs as governor. No nuisance lawsuit will change that, and we remain laser-focused as we prepare to kick off on Say One from the Katie Hobbs administration next year.