PHOENIX (AP) — Kari Lake, the Republican who misplaced the Arizona governor’s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, has requested the state Supreme Court docket to assessment her problem of election outcomes that has up to now been rejected by the courts.
In a submitting Wednesday, Lake’s attorneys targeted on issues with poll printers at some polling locations in Maricopa County, which is house to greater than 60% of the state’s voters.
They alleged chaos created by the technical issues had disenfranchised Republican voters. They claimed the chain of custody for ballots was damaged at an off-site facility and that the Arizona Court docket of Appeals utilized the flawed normal of proof in deciding Lake’s problem.
Within the almost 4 months since Lake’s defeat, the courts concluded she introduced no proof that voters whose ballots have been unreadable by tabulators at polling locations weren’t capable of vote.
Maricopa County officers declined to remark Wednesday on Lake’s attraction. They’ve beforehand stated everybody who skilled issues with poll printers had an opportunity to vote.
In rejecting her attraction two weeks in the past, the state Court docket of Appeals stated the one factor Lake had in backing up her claims in regards to the tabulator issues was “sheer hypothesis.”
Lake, who misplaced to Hobbs by simply over 17,000 votes, was among the many most vocal 2022 Republicans selling former President Donald Trump’s election lies, which she made the centerpiece of her marketing campaign. Whereas a lot of the different election deniers across the nation conceded after shedding their races in November, Lake didn’t.
The faulty printers produced ballots that have been too gentle to be learn by the on-site tabulators at polling locations. Strains backed up in some areas as a result of confusion. County officers say all ballots have been counted since ballots affected by the printers have been taken to extra subtle counters on the elections division headquarters.
Lake’s attorneys additionally claimed the chain of custody for ballots was damaged at an off-site facility, the place a contractor scans mail ballots to arrange them for processing.
They declare staff on the facility put their very own mail ballots into the pile, relatively than returning them via regular channels and that paperwork documenting the switch of ballots was lacking. The county disputed the declare.
Hobbs took workplace as governor Jan. 2.
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