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Kari Lake alleges Maricopa County violated the law by certifying voter machines in latest brief

Lake's attorneys alleged in the brief filed Tuesday that Maricopa County cut the seals on hundreds of voting tabulators.

Published: November 17, 2023 12:18pm

Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kari Lake alleges in a brief recently filed in an appeals court that Maricopa County violated state law by falsely stating voting machines were certified prior to the 2022 gubernatorial election. 

The brief filed Tuesday by attorneys for Lake, who ran a unsuccessful bid last year for Arizona governor, alleges county officials cut the seals on hundreds of voting tabulators, took out memory cards and reformatted them and made sure the tabulators rejected votes on Election Day.

You can read the brief here: 

“Maricopa’s ‘nothing-to-see-here’ arguments continue its pattern of false statements to cover up clear violations of AZ election law. It has been said that ‘democracy dies in darkness.’ Unless corrected by the Court, democracy in Maricopa and in Arizona will die in plain sight," the filing reads.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled against Lake in May, stating she didn't have evidence that Arizona election law was not followed during her race for governor. 

She appealed the decision a month later.

Since losing to Arizona Democrat Katie Hobbs, Lake has contested the results of the election, arguing that thousands of Republican voters were disenfranchised on Election Day when voting machine errors occurred in at least 60% of the voting centers in Maricopa County.

She also argues there were major problems with the signature verification process for mail-in ballots.

Lake is now competing for the seat of Sen. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat-turned-Independent who has yet to say whether she'll seek reelection.

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