Kari Lake filed a lawsuit on Friday against acting Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and state election officials, disputing the election results of Arizona’s dubious gubernatorial race. The 70-page lawsuit intends to restore “trust in the election process — a trust that Maricopa County election officials and Hobbs have shattered.”
While Hobbs was certified as the alleged winner of the state’s gubernatorial race, the lawsuit argues that the number of illegal votes cast in the state’s general election “far exceeds the 17,117 voter margin” between Lake and Hobbs.
“The separation of votes between Hobbs and Lake is far narrower than the number of presumptively illegal and illegally cast ballots in Arizona,” the suit claimed.
Moreover, cyber expert Clay Parikh, who performs security tests on voting systems like the ones used in Maricopa County, maintained that the county’s widespread tabulation and machine problems “can only be described as intentional,” according to The Arizona Sun Times.
Such problems created massive obstacles for voters, which undoubtedly led to voter disenfranchisement and suppression.
The lawsuit states:
“Thousands of voters, disproportionately Republican, gave up voting due to the long wait times or simply avoided the polls after seeing the chaos reported on the news. The expert evidence shows conservatively that at least between 15,603 and 29,257 Republican voters were disenfranchised from voting as a direct consequence of the voting machine failures in Maricopa.”
Maricopa County officials also reportedly violated the state’s chain of custody laws that are in place to verify the legitimacy of the ballots cast. Without such verification, it is impossible to say “whether over 300,000 ballots cast” were legal, the court document noted.
Additionally, the suit claims that Maricopa County officials approved the counting of “tens of thousands of mail-in and drop box ballots” that lacked proper signature verification requirements.
“The fact that 72% of voters don’t believe this election can be trusted is a wakeup call,” the suit said, citing a Rasmussen poll where 72 percent of likely voters agreed with Lake’s statements that the election was “botched.”
“The Election Day debacle, together with other illegal and improper procedures through which the election was administered, preclude the Defendants in this action from certifying Hobbs as the winner of the election,” the filing maintained.
The lawsuit comes days after Hobbs certified her own election, leading Lake’s campaign to announce legal challenges, as RSBN reported.