Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake stated that she would shortly appeal to the state’s Supreme Court after an appeals court denied her request to overturn the November 8 midterm election results earlier this month.
Lake stated on Twitter on Sunday that she will present her case before the Supreme Court this week. That occurred around two weeks after the Arizona Court of Appeals dismissed her election challenge, which claimed that vote-tabulating problems, delays, and long lines in Maricopa County on Election Day disproportionately negatively influenced her prospects of winning.
The GOP candidate stated, “We will file our lawsuit with the Arizona Supreme Court” by Tuesday (2/28) and request an expedited review. Lake said she would provide you with the filings as soon as they are ready. “Please pray for justice.” Afterward, Lake published a link to her “Save Arizona Fund.”
Lake previously sought to transfer her election case to the state’s highest court, but her request was denied. The Supreme Court stated earlier this month that it would not consider the case if the Court of Appeals was already hearing it.
Lake filed a lawsuit in December asking the court to either re-do the election in Maricopa or proclaim her the winner when it was revealed that she trailed former Secretary of State and current Governor Katie Hobbs by around 17,000 votes. Hobbs was inaugurated as governor in early January as a Democrat.
In late December, a Maricopa County judge, Peter Thompson, dismissed her case following a two-day trial. The judge determined insufficient evidence to overturn the November 8 election results in Lake’s favor, forcing the Republican to petition the state’s appeals court.
In their appeal, Lake’s attorneys contended that Thompson erred by forcing her to present evidence that her charges of official malfeasance influenced the election results and that they meant to deny her win.
In addition, they cited remarks by top Maricopa County officials on Election Day stating that there were mistakes in voting tallying.
Eventually, the same authorities stated that the problems had been resolved and that no votes had been disenfranchised. However, videos released by Lake on Twitter showing Maricopa voters complaining about delays indicate otherwise.
Her attorneys said that malfunctioning printers created too light votes for the on-site tabulators at hundreds of polling locations to see. In several instances, lines backed up due to uncertainty, causing people to leave.
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