Kari Lake celebrates a Georgia judge ordering snap elections

Former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake draws attention to a recent Georgia ruling ordering snap elections after officials identified a series of “systemic irregularities” that may have impacted the outcome, just days after their own efforts lost to reverse the outcome of their Arizona race or hold new elections in Maricopa County.

The case involved a rural county commission race in Screven County, in which several candidates filed a lawsuit alleging false ballots had been issued to at least two dozen voters, potentially changing the outcome of a county commission race held with only seven voting was decided, reported The Georgia Virtue.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake of Arizona speaks to supporters during her election night event at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch November 8, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Lake draws attention to a recent Georgia ruling ordering new elections after officials identified a series of “systemic irregularities” that may have affected the outcome, just days after she lost her own effort, the result of their race in Arizona.
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As it later turned out, several voters had been allocated ballots for counties they didn’t live in, meaning voters in a particular county were effectively barred from voting in their home counties — an argument Lake made after up to 1,000 Arizona voters had been provided with false ballots in the fall early ballot.

The judge eventually ordered a new election in Screven County — something Lake in Arizona has been pushing for after alleging and not proving instances of rampant fraud and irregularities in her own elections.

“Remarkable,” Lake wrote on Twitter without saying why.

Screven County has a population of just over 14,000; Arizona has nearly 7.3 million. The ballots in question were only a few doors down from the county line; The Lake race was held statewide and bore no resemblance to the dynamics of a Rural County Commission race some 2,000 miles away. Screven County was also decided by seven votes; Arizona by more than 17,000.

But the Screven County case also had something that the Lake case didn’t have: evidence that the issues reported there had a tangible impact on the outcome of the election.

While Lake’s attorneys contended in court that a printer malfunction caused some ballots to not be counted by machine, ultimately the ballots submitted were counted by hand and had no bearing on the casting of votes.

Lake also failed to prove that the Election Day gaffes were malicious and premeditated, nor could her attorneys prove that any of the issues she raised were significant enough to affect the election in any way.

In Screven County’s case, however, that was the case, and it took a judge just 17 minutes to determine that what appeared to be accidental distribution of the ballots could have produced an incorrect result.

According to the law there, a new election is justified if the number of illegal votes exceeds the result margin or if there is evidence that systemic irregularities in the electoral process were found to be “sufficiently serious” to call the result into question.

In that case, plaintiffs challenging the election process identified more than 20 illegal votes cast for the wrong candidate, a spread large enough to be considered “sufficiently egregious” and casting doubt on the outcome. Lake’s attorneys could not prove that a similar situation existed in Arizona.

news week asked Lake’s team for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/kari-lake-celebrates-georgia-judge-ordering-new-election-1770040 Kari Lake celebrates a Georgia judge ordering snap elections

Rick Schindler

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