Kari Lake Trial Date For Election Lawsuit Set

Kari Lake, a former Republican candidate for Arizona governor, has a trial date set for her lawsuit to obtain mail-in ballot signatures. On September 21st and 25th, Lake will have her day in court where she hopes to prove that election officials committed misconduct sufficient to change the race’s outcome.

Lake lost to Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs by about 17,000 votes and has since accused Maricopa County of sabotaging her victory with printer malfunctions on Election Day and violations of chain of custody procedures. She asked the judge to declare her the rightful winner or order a new election in Maricopa County, but Judge Peter Thompson dismissed eight other counts alleged in Lake’s lawsuit prior to trial as not constituting proper grounds for an election contest under Arizona law.

The case is one of the highest-profile challenges against midterm election results and has become emblematic of former President Trump’s claims that he lost due to voter fraud. While Lake insists many voters were disenfranchised on Election Day due to voting machine errors, Maricopa County argued the ballot affidavit signatures are part of the voter registration record and are deemed confidential by state law with some exceptions which Lake does not meet.

Judge John Hannah refuted this argument, however, citing that county recorders usually include ballot affidavit envelopes in voter registration records but not because it is required by law. In his ruling earlier this year not to dismiss Lake’s request for access to ballot affidavit envelopes he stated “There is no legal requirement that counties maintain such records.”

“We are scheduled for a 2-day trial set for September 21 & 25,” Lake wrote on X, the platform previously called Twitter. “I will never stop fighting for Honest & Transparent Elections.”

You can read the decision here:  Maricopa County Sept trial date.pdf

The upcoming two-day trial will likely be closely watched as it could potentially shed light on any irregularities surrounding last month’s midterm elections.

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