Kari Lake completes trial with no clear evidence to annul the election

Former Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake concluded her two-day election process Thursday with what is expected to be a disappointing decision for the Republican.

Lake, who was among the most prominent voices backing former President Donald Trump’s vote-fraud allegations, spent two days arguing that she was the legitimate winner of November’s election. She lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes but asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to declare her the next governor of Arizona or order a new election in the state’s most populous county.

Judge Peter Thompson dismissed eight of their claims and restricted the two he allowed to proceed. Not only can Lake’s attorneys prove that the election was fraudulent, they must show that someone deliberately interfered and altered the outcome.

That said former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani news week that Lake’s lawsuit is so “frivolous at first sight” that he’s surprised Thompson didn’t dismiss it outright.

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Right-wing activists protest in front of the Arizona State Capitol Building in Phoenix on November 15, 2022. Inset: Arizona GOP then nominee for governor Kari Lake addresses the media following the November 8, 2022 vote in Phoenix.
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In one allegation, Lake had to prove that a Maricopa County elections official intentionally caused ballot printer malfunctions in order to influence the election. In the other, she had to prove that an employee employed by the Elections Department had intentionally added completed ballots without following proper procedures.

The county has disputed the second allegation, claiming that while there were problems with the printer as addressed in the first allegation, these did not prevent voters from casting their ballots.

David Schultz, an expert in voting law and a professor at Hamline University, said news week that in order to win, Lake must demonstrate that the fraud in question “was of such a level that the results of the election could not be trusted.”

“I don’t think she showed that,” he said. “Her legal team has shown no intention and they have not shown that the mistakes made were so serious that they cost her the election.”

Although Lake promised to unveil bomb revelations that proved she won the election, the evidence presented at the two-day trial was lackluster and did not appear to meet the standards set by Thompson.

Rahmani said, aside from the fact that Lake produced no evidence to show intentional interference with the printer or evidence that the ballot chain of custody was violated, “mere concluding allegations are insufficient.”

“The law requires actual evidence of willful misconduct,” Rahmani said. “In the worst case, the polling officials made a mistake printing the ballots, but those wrong ballots were still counted. This kind of harmless error is not enough to meet the high bar required to overturn an election.”

Norm Eisen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, I Agree that testimony at the trial “made it clear” that Lake’s allegations were “hypothetical and speculative.”

Eisen pointed out that Lake’s witnesses argued that larger ballots caused tab problems that it was not enough to act as “evidence of actual, intentional, or uncounted votes.”

“Today’s hearing didn’t go AT ALL well for Kari Lake, but just reading her tweets and you’d think she’s about to win!” he tweeted after the first day hearing on Wednesday. “In fact, even their own expert admitted that the ballots were counted.”

Eisen also said that while Lake’s expert witness had no experience studying polling “in an academic setting,” Hobbs’ first witness had “strong references” and experience discussing voter fraud issues.

That said former federal prosecutor Michael McAuliffe news week Rather than showing willful misconduct, the evidence presented merely showed that local election officials were handling Election Day issues “in a competent and transparent manner.”

“At best, the evidence shows that elections are conducted by real people with real machines — but that’s no surprise,” McAuliffe said. “The court will likely rule in time and clear the way for the state to confirm the election results.”

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Rick Schindler

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