Kari Lake files election challenge in Arizona court

The former conservative media personality warned throughout her gubernatorial bid that the state's election system was mired in voter fraud.

Published: December 9, 2022 8:34pm

Updated: December 9, 2022 10:01pm

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Friday announced that she had filed an election challenge, alleging that the total number of illegal votes was greater than her opponent's margin of victory.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was certified as the winner of the state's gubernatorial contest earlier this month. State law requires that election results be first certified before a candidate may file a challenge.

Lake announced the suit via Twitter in the Maricopa County Superior Court with a screenshot of the filing being placed at the court's petition drop off location.

In the filing, Lake asserts that "[t]he number of illegal votes cast in Arizona’s general election on November 8, 2022 far exceeds the 17,117 vote margin."

She further contends that "thousands of Republican voters were disenfranchised as a result of Maricopa County election officials' misconduct in connection with the widespread tabulator or printer failures at 59% of the 223 vote centers in Maricopa County."

Lake's claims echo those of Arizona Republican Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh, who filed a separate challenge on similar grounds Friday afternoon. Hamadeh's race was much closer, with his Democratic opponent leading by a mere 511 votes, the closest statewide race in Arizona history. A recount is in progress in that race.

The former conservative media personality has long asserted that the state's election system is mired in voter fraud and that it had handed the 2020 presidential contest to President Joe Biden.

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