Judge Dismisses Kari Lake's Election Lawsuit

Judge Dismisses Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit

Judge Dismisses Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit: Kari Lake’s attempts to have the results of the governor election in November overturned were denied by an Arizona court on Saturday. Republican candidate Lake lost the election to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by about 17,000 votes. Still, he sued Maricopa County and Hobbs to have the results overturned following Arizona’s laws governing election contests.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled that the margin of victory, as reported by the official canvass, was 17,117 votes, which was “outside the bounds of a statutorily required recount.”

“As far as the Court can tell, no such margin has ever been set aside by a court in the history of the United States. This challenge also follows a closely contested race for governor and persistent controversy over the validity of the electoral process, which are much less common occurrences in this nation.

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In a complaint filed on December 9, Lake claimed that fraudulent votes were cast in the midterm elections on November 8 and declared that “a domino chain of electoral irregularities” was started when the tabulators rejected thousands of ballots. In addition, Lake argued that Arizona’s certification of the results of the 2022 election and Maricopa County’s canvass should be vacated.

In his order, Thompson wrote that the plaintiff “has no free-standing authority to contest election results based upon what Plaintiff perceives – correctly or unjustly – went amiss on Election Day.” She is required by law to establish one of the legal justifications the legislature has offered for contesting an election.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed eight of the original ten claims Lake made in her complaint on December 19. Two of the judge’s rulings on the election officials’ alleged wrongdoing were later thrown out on Saturday.

Lake declared she would contest the judgment. “This Judge rejected our appeal. I will, however, appeal his decision to restore trust and honesty in our elections, she tweeted on Saturday.

During her campaign, Lake, a former local TV news anchor, refused to say if she would accept the election’s outcome. She frequently promoted the incorrect assertion that former President Donald Trump rigged the 2020 election.

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One of the nation’s most well-known election law analysts and UCLA law professor Rick Hasen wrote in a blog post that while Lake “had her day in court,” she “had a chance to prove her charges and utterly failed.”