Only two of the 10 counts in Kari Lake’s election trial were allowed to go to court this week, giving supporters of the former Arizona gubernatorial nominee a fraction of a chance to overturn the election results.
In Lake’s lawsuit, filed this month against Governor-elect Katie Hobbs and state election officials, the Republican argues that the election results should be “overturned” due to voting irregularities and is demanding a recount or that she be named the winner will.
Hobbs, who serves as Arizona Secretary of State, won the election by just over 17,000 votes and moved to dismiss Lake’s lawsuit.
On Monday, Maricopa County Judge Peter Thompson dismissed much of Lake’s arguments, saying there was a lack of adequate evidence to support her allegations. However, two counts from the lawsuit were allowed to proceed to the trial, which was previously scheduled for Tuesday.
“Katie Hobbs’ attempt to drop our case failed,” Lake tweeted monday night “She will have to take the stand and testify. Buckle up, America. It’s far from over.”
In a case brought to court, Lake alleges that ballot printers that didn’t work on Election Day, Nov. 8, are uncertified and “have vulnerabilities that make them vulnerable to hacking.” Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, has had problems with about 20 percent of its tab machines, but county officials have previously disputed Lake’s claims that voters were disenfranchised on the same day.
Thompson wrote in his decision Monday that Lake was “entitled to prove in court” that a Maricopa County employee intentionally tampered with the printers in question and that the malfunctions “affected the outcome of the election.”
The second eligible count includes Lake’s claim regarding the “chain of custody” of the ballots. Lake alleges that the ballots in Maricopa County were added by employees working for the state-appointed election service. Thompson wrote in his decision that while Hobbs’ team had alleged in his dismissal that Lake had misunderstood Chain of Custody laws, if the county concerned had “complied with its own manual and applicable laws, there was a “controversy of fact.” .”
On Tuesday, all parties meet for the hearing of witnesses and final statements.
Lake, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, has been a staunch supporter of Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. She also didn’t say before the Hobbs midterm election if she would accept the result if she lost.
Current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, previously met with Hobbs to ensure a peaceful transition of power in the new year and congratulated the governor-elect on her “hard-fought race.”
news week has reached out to Lake and Hobbs for comment.
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