Kari Lake files appeal to Arizona Supreme Court, alleging over 8,000 ballots were misconfigured

On page two of the appeal, Lake's legal team alleges that at least 8,000 ballots were unreadable and not "duplicated or counted."

Published: July 15, 2023 1:49pm

Updated: August 5, 2023 12:29pm

Former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed an appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court in her election case, which alleges that at least 8,000 unreadable ballots were misconfigured.

The appeal, which was filed on Friday, can be read here: 

On page two of the appeal, Lake's legal team alleges that at least 8,000 ballots were unreadable and not "duplicated or counted."

"The ballot-on-demand printer investigation report by former Chief Justice McGregor ('the McGregor Report') found that 'four printers randomly printed one or a few ‘fit to page’ ballots in the middle of printing a batch of ballots…[n]one of the technical people with whom we spoke could explain how or why that error occurred.' Appx:0281 (emphasis added)," the appeal reads. 

"Lake’s expert testified this 'error' could only result from malware or remote access and resulted in at least 8,000 misconfigured ballots, the vast majority of which were neither duplicated nor counted," it continues. 

Lake announced last week that her election case had been moved. 

"Well, the Arizona appellate court just transferred our election case to another appellate court division which doesn’t even cover Maricopa County," she wrote on Twitter. "That appellate court covers Pima County which means the most Marxist part of the state will be hearing our case."

According to AZPM, the decision to move the case is based on an Arizona law that "lets the Phoenix Appeals Court randomly send cases to Tucson to ease its workload."

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

She is also considering a run for the U.S. Senate and will reportedly announce in the fall, according to NBC News.

The former gubernatorial candidate has made clear she is very focused on her election case. 

"This is, I believe, our best hope to get reform in our elections: my case," Lake said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show last week. "I believe it's the greatest election case. We have the truth on our side. We have tons of evidence. Yes, we haven't had a judge rule in our favor. But it takes a lot of courage to make the right ruling on this case."

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. She also pointed out major problems with the signature verification process for mail-in ballots.

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