Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, had her legal challenge to affirm Hobbs Katie’s victory in last year’s election dismissed by a judge on Monday.
Judge Peter A. Thompson of Maricopa County Superior Court stated that Lake County did not provide evidence to prove her claim that signatures on mail-in ballots were not verified as required by law.
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Lake is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for Trump. Kyrsten Sinema, a former Democrat and independent, is openly considering running for the U.S. Senate seat she currently holds, and she has built a loyal following among Trump supporters. She was among the most vocal supporters of Donald Trump’s election campaign, which made her a centerpiece of last year’s Republican candidates promoting former President Trump.
After being defeated in the November elections, many other individuals who contested the results did not concede, unlike Lake. Throughout the nation, her legal fight has been emphasized in fundraising appeals and speeches.
Lake did not promptly provide a comment on the decision.
In Maricopa County, more than 60 percent of votes were cast using early ballots, but the Arizona Supreme Court dismissed the case that claimed revived challenges on how signature verification procedures were conducted. After losing the election by about 17,000 votes, Hobbs filed a lawsuit, asking the courts to order a new election or install her as the governor. County officials defended their efforts in signature verification and stated that they had nothing to hide.
Arizona state lawyers have determined that Kari Lake’s lawsuit regarding her election loss lacks validity.
The third day of the trial focused on verifying Lake’s signature. The lawyers argued that there was evidence to suggest inconsistencies in the chain of command, where the higher-level verifiers neglected to run thorough checks that the lower-level screeners found.
She did not dispute whether the signatures of voters on ballot envelopes matched those in their voting records.
The outcome of her race also impacted the high bar that the former TV anchor faced in proving her allegation, not only affecting her efforts but also her verification signature.
Thompson, who was selected for the bench by former Republican Governor Jan Brewer, stated that she did not meet that elevated standard.
“The proof presented to the Court does not uphold the Plaintiff’s remaining allegation,” he stated.
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The lawsuit filed earlier by Lake focused on the problems with ballot printers at polling places, where defective printers produced ballots that were too light to be read by on-site tabulators. Allegations of intentional misconduct and confusion among voters were backed up in some areas amid the alleged problems with printer ballots.
All ballots were counted because those affected by the printers at the election headquarters had a chance to vote, officials from the County say.
In mid-February, the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected Lake’s assertions, concluding that the ballots were unreadable and presented no evidence that voters were unable to vote at polling places due to tabulators.
The Supreme Court of the state declined to hear nearly all of Lake’s appeal, saying there was no evidence to support her claim that more than 35,000 ballots were added to the totals. The following month.
Earlier this month, Lake’s court sanctioned lawyers for making false statements when saying that more than 35,000 ballots had been improperly added, totaling $2,000.