On Wednesday evening, the Arizona Supreme Court issued its ruling in regards to 2022 Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s case on the irregularities during the midterm election leading to the court calling for a trial court to reexamine if Maricopa County properly followed signature verification procedures during the election.
Lake brought the case following her defeat in November to former Arizona Secretary of State and current Governor Katie Hobbs (D-AZ). Hobbs, who at the time oversaw the election process as secretary of state, won the governorship with 50.3 percent of the vote, 1,287,890 votes, while Lake secured 49.7 percent of the vote, 1,270,774 votes, according to Politico.
At the time, there were multiple election irregularities on Election Day leading to Lake’s team claiming that voters were disenfranchised. Reportedly, according to Just the News, over 60 percent of the voting centers in Maricopa County were affected on November 8th.
With a margin of defeat of approximately 17,000 votes, such irregularities matter.
So the ruling on Wednesday evening is a win for Lake’s efforts. The court announced, “IT IS FURTHER ORDERED remanding to the trial court to determine whether the claim that Maricopa County failed to comply with A.R.S. § 16-550(A) fails to state a claim pursuant to Ariz. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) for reasons other than laches, or, whether Petitioner can prove her claim as alleged pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-672 and establish that ‘votes [were] affected ‘in sufficient numbers to alter the outcome of the election’ based on a ‘competent mathematical basis to conclude that the outcome would plausibly have been different, not simply an untethered assertion of uncertainty.'”
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In response to the court’s ruling, Lake wrote on Twitter, “HUGE: AZ Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Kari Lake, Forces Lower Court to Look at Signature Verification Issues.”
HUGE: AZ Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Kari Lake, Forces Lower Court to Look at Signature Verification Issues
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) March 23, 2023
“Signature Verification has been the third rail for Maricopa County for the past few years,” wrote Kari Lake War Room. “They have thrown every obstacle at Arizona election integrity activists to prevent them from reaching it. Unfortunately for them, they messed with the wrong woman.”
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court allowed for an expedited process in the Lake case after an appellate court rejected Lake’s challenges. The expedited process has paid off.
With yet another victory for Lake’s efforts to reestablish election integrity in the state of Arizona, the return to lower courts will likely bring more answers to the voters of Arizona about how the integrity of their vote was impacted in the midterm elections.
The full Arizona Supreme Court order can be found here.
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