Kari Lake scores win as Arizona Supreme Court sends part of her lawsuit back to trial court

Lake vowed to appeal to the state's top court after losing at the appellate level.

Published: March 22, 2023 10:23pm

Updated: March 23, 2023 2:34pm

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to send a piece of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's election lawsuit back to trial court to examine whether or not Maricopa County followed signature verification policies in 2022.

The order states: "IT IS FURTHER ORDERED remanding to the trial court to determine whether the claim that Maricopa County failed to comply with A.R.S. § 16-550(A) fails to state a claim pursuant to Ariz. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) for reasons other than laches, or, whether Petitioner can prove her claim as alleged pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-672 and establish that 'votes [were] affected "in sufficient numbers to alter the outcome of the election"' based on a 'competent mathematical basis to conclude that the outcome would plausibly have been different, not simply an untethered assertion of uncertainty.'"

The Arizona Supreme Court declined to review the rest of the appeal.

The entire ruling can be read here:

"I am thrilled that the Supreme Court has agreed to give our signature verification evidence the appropriate forum for the evaluation it deserves," Lake wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. 

"For years signatures have been a third rail for Maricopa County," the statement continued. "The process of verifying these signatures is the only security measure on mail-in ballots."

Since losing to current Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs, Lake has contested the results of the 2022 election in court, 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.

Lake vowed to appeal to the state's top court after losing at the appellate level.

"If the Arizona Supreme Court refuses to take this case, and lets that lower court judge's opinion stand, they are basically putting their stamp of approval on the most corrupt election we've ever seen in this country," Lake told the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show Monday.

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