After ten months of court conflicts over the 2022 election, Kari Lake, a Republican from Arizona, is still fighting.
Lake contends that the election for governor, which she narrowly lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs, was marred by malfeasance, including malfunctioning election systems and unlawful signature verification of early voter ballots. She has made multiple unsuccessful attempts in the state justice system of Arizona to overturn the results.
She filed her latest appeal of a court ruling that went against her in May, according to the Arizona Republic. This appeal, which involved election issues in Maricopa County, was transferred to a Tucson-based appeals court.
According to Lake’s opening brief, there is new evidence to support her allegations.
“New evidence demonstrates that Maricopa falsely certified its 446 vote-center tabulators passed mandatory L&A certification testing prior to Election Day and strongly suggests Maricopa planned the Election Day debacle,” the brief filed with the court said. L&A stands for “logic and accuracy.”
That matters, the filing said, because “misconfigured and defective BOD-printed ballots caused Maricopa’s vote-center tabulators to reject tens of thousands of ballots, which would have been prevented by proper L&A testing.” BOD stands for “ballot on demand.”
As a result, the filing said, “The ensuing chaos led to massive lines and wait times, thereby impairing or depriving the right to vote of tens of thousands of predominately Republican voters.”
“Arizona elections are now in uncharted territory,” the filing said.
“New evidence produced by Maricopa County (“Maricopa”) strongly suggests that Maricopa officials intentionally sabotaged the 2022 General Election, then gave false testimony attempting to cover up their misconduct. Even viewed in the light most favorable to Maricopa, the evidence shows Maricopa intentionally failed to conduct logic and accuracy (‘L&A’) testing” required by law and “altered the election equipment thereby rendering the election irredeemably flawed.“
The filing called the October testing “simply kabuki theatre.”
“After Maricopa conducted its falsely ‘certified’ L&A testing on October 11, 2022, Maricopa conducted unannounced and unlawful testing on all 446 vote-center tabulators on October 14, 17, and 18. The tabulator system log files show that 260 of the vote-center tabulators rejected ballots with the same tabulator error codes that occurred on Election Day. In other words, this evidence supports a conclusion that Maricopa’s unannounced and unlawful testing was a dry run for the Election Day debacle,” the filing said.
The filing added that “Maricopa officials admitted, seven months after the fact, that between October 14-18, 2022, they swapped out the memory cards and the election software installed on Maricopa’s 446 vote-center tabulators with “reformatted memory cards” that purportedly contained election software supposedly previously tested on other equipment. Maricopa did not perform L&A testing on these 446 tabulators after swapping out the elections software and memory cards as required,” the filing said.
Additionally, Lake’s supporters cite a recent court decision to support her claims.
Judge John Napper of the Yavapai County Superior Court stated earlier this month that he believes the current practice of authenticating voter signatures on early ballots violates state law.
In refusing to dismiss a case against the state, he wrote that he believed Arizona voter signatures had to be matched to voter registration records. That is contrary to the current practice of matching signatures with other documents.
According to Tucson.com, Ryan Heath, a supporter of Lake, is using this to submit a new petition arguing that the election Lake lost should be redone.
“Maricopa County failed, in fact, to apply uniform signature verification standards for a material number of approximately 1.3 million votes cast through mail-in ballots,” Heath said in his filing. “As a result, every single one of those 1.3 million votes is tainted by the fatal stain of ‘uncertainty,’ requiring the setting aside of all ballots from Maricopa County for all statewide races for the 2022 General Election as a matter of law.”