The continuous story surrounding the Arizona governor’s race on November 8 continues, and this time, MAGA candidate Kari Lake’s plans to launch a lawsuit challenging the results have hit a snag.
America’s noisy Lake First contender well known for her many battles with the media began criticizing Arizona’s election system well before any votes were cast.
This is in part due to the fact that her opponent and presumed governor-elect, Katie Hobbs, is currently serving as Arizona’s secretary of state, and has since been vindicated by the election day debacle in Maricopa County, where vote tabulation machine malfunctions disproportionately impacted Republican candidates.
In light of the fact that Lake trails Hobbs by only 17,000 votes, causing her to stubbornly refuse to yield, it was inevitable that she and her legal team would sue, and they have done so.
There is only one issue.
As Lake tweeted on Thursday, she cannot launch a lawsuit disputing the election results until the election has been officially declared.
As stated by Time, this will occur on Monday when the incumbent governor, secretary of state (Hobbs), attorney general, and chief justice will gather for this purpose.
Why later this month? https://t.co/cm7pnYwc3r
— Beerus3.0 (@Beerus57lt1) December 1, 2022
Due to the problems in Maricopa County, the state’s largest county by a wide margin, a number of other counties refused to even certify the election.
“We believe that Mohave County voters were disenfranchised by the problems that they had in Maricopa County,” Mohave County Board of Supervisors chairman Ron Gould told Real America Voice TV’s “The War Room” this week.
More than 1.5 million of the 2.5 million ballots cast on November 8 were cast in Maricopa County, where problems at 70 polling locations caused long lines and hours of delay.
As Lake and other GOP candidates have emphasized, Republican voters turned up in large numbers, thus the polling station debacle in Maricopa has sparked allegations of voter disenfranchisement.
REMEMBER: 72%+ of the votes on Election Day in person were Republican.
When you have 30% of the tabulating machines failing, causing people to leave the lines and give up.
This is voter suppression targeting a political party.
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) November 12, 2022
“Their mistakes are bigger than our entire county vote, and I think it’s disenfranchised the rural voters across the state, not to mention that it disenfranchises Maricopa County voters and Republican voters, in particular, who are more likely to cast their ballot at the poll” on Election Day, Gould explained. “So any problems at the poll affect Republicans more than they would affect Democrats.”
However, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs did not take the complaints of these counties very well.
According to reports, she threatened Gould and his colleagues with jail and felony charges if they continued to refuse to certify the election, which they did on Monday “under duress.”
Regardless of your opinion of Kari Lake, who previously called on Hobbs to recuse herself from the election certification process due to what many might describe as an obviously glaring conflict of interest, it is difficult to deny that this entire election debacle appears to have left concerned voters and lawmakers in a bind.
Counties that refused to certify the election were threatened with legal action and coerced into compliance by one of the candidates, while the candidate who lost and is alleging election malfeasance must wait until the election she alleges to be illegitimate has been officially certified before proceeding with her legal challenge.
It is undoubtedly a mess.
In the perspective of millions of Americans, disputing the results of an election has become akin to proposing that the moon landing was a hoax or that the world is flat because to the very suspicious behavior that led to the Jan. 6 intrusion on Capitol Hill.
Nevertheless, it is in the best interest of every voter, candidate, and political party to ensure that our elections are handled honestly and fairly.
Whether someone is alleging conspiracy with Russia or a sneaky, underhanded attempt by a sitting Democratic secretary of state to alter the outcome of a hot governor’s race in a deep purple state, this is a genuine issue.
As with each of these cases, the evidence will be in the pudding, whether it is a nearly two-year inquiry by a special counsel or lawsuit contesting the election’s results.
We’ve seen the results of the Russia “collusion” investigation, now let’s see the outcome of the Arizona GOP primary.