Kari Lake, who ran as the Republican candidate for governor in Arizona in the midterm elections, filed a lawsuit Friday against Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County elections officials to nullify the election for governor and have a full audit of signatures and voting machine failures.
The lawsuit states that a Runbeck Election Services whistleblower claimed that hundreds of thousands of ballots had no chain of custody documentation associated with them. The same chain of custody issue affected as many ballots in the 2020 election.
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Lake’s lawsuit also claims that 25,000 ballots were added to the totals for Maricopa County at some point after election day. According to Lake’s Complaint, “Maricopa County’s public statements concerning remaining ballots to be counted on November 9, 2022, and November 10, 2022, show an increase of approximately 25,000 votes with no explanation of why the number of remaining ballots could increase.” The 25,000 additional ballots would explain how Democrats allegedly won more than 50% of the vote while only comprising 17% of the turnout on election day.
Maricopa County announced to the public on November 9 that “275,000+ ballots” had been sorted to be scanned and verified, but on November 10, the number of sorted ballots increased by almost 25,000 after the deadline for accepting ballots had passed. Not only were the additional ballots noted in the public announcement, but they were also reflected on the Department of State’s website.
The figures continued to not add up as Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County Recorder, said during a press conference on November 10 that “we received 292,000 early ballots that were dropped off on election day,” however, Maricopa County tweeted on November 9, that “~275k” ballots were received on election day. To confuse the figures further, 298,000 ballots were reported by Runbeck on November 10.
Lake’s Complaint states, “The shifting numbers of ballots evidence Maricopa County’s failure to account for EV ballots and failure to maintain security and chain of custody for the ballots as required by Arizona law.” Regrettably, many of the issues and failures mentioned in Lake’s lawsuit also occurred in the 2020 election, showing a consistent pattern of election fraud.