Kari Lake announces Maricopa County won't let her legal team inspect ballot signatures

Lake has vowed to take her election lawsuit all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

Published: March 31, 2023 2:26pm

Former Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake announced Friday that Maricopa County is refusing to allow her legal team to inspect ballot signatures. 

"BREAKING: Maricopa County Election Officials REFUSE To Allow @KariLake Legal Team To Inspect Ballot Signatures," Lake wrote on Twitter. "What are they hiding?"

Lake recently had a victory in her election lawsuit when the Arizona Supreme Court sent part of it 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)" and "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."' 

Lake went on to say that election officials are hiding evidence and she will take legal action to get it from them if she has to. 

"Maricopa County has confirmed what we all knew to be true: Ballot signatures DO NOT MATCH," she wrote in another tweet. "Election Officials brazenly HIDING EVIDENCE from us. This is the smoking gun. Unfortunately for them, I’m not giving up — even if that means legally forcing them to hand over evidence."

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 has vowed to take her election lawsuit all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. 

Maricopa County has not responded for immediate comment. 

Charlotte Hazard is a reporter for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter for more stories.

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