Trial Court Set to Determine Kari Lake’s Motion to Reconsider Fraud in 2022 Arizona Election

Former Republican candidate for governor of Arizonam, Kari Lake, is set to reappear in court, Wednesday, May 17.

This will happen in a second trial challenging the procedures and alleged technical errors that went unmonitored during the 2022 gubernatorial election.  

Appearing before the Maricopa County Superior Court, Kari Lake’s attorney exchanged oral arguments before Judge Peter Thompson against litigators representing Adrian Fontes, Katie Hobbs, and Maricopa County, last Friday. 

Originally, Judge Peter Thompson dismissed Lake’s lawsuits in December, but had the case remanded back to the trial court by the Arizona Supreme Court for retrial. 

Lake previously won on the notion that Maricopa County’s election officers did not follow the correct procedure for signature verification, allowing for thousands of fraudulent ballots to be counted without a second thought. 

Tim La Rue, an attorney for Maricopa County, admitted Friday that signature verification entirely depends on the subjective interpretation of the electoral officer sitting behind a desk.

Rue said in testimony that “sometimes ballots misread and they can misread because the person inserts them in the wrong way. This happens all the time.”

Further, even if the machine fails to accurately read an inserted ballot, noted Rue, it does not mean the machine itself failed. 

The court later said Lake must be able to prove “Maricopa County’s higher level signature analysts showed no signature confirmation or curing and, in so doing, systematically forgot to materially comply with the law.”

In addition, the court also asks Lake to prove Maricopa County’s lack of care for its election process resulted in a different outcome than would be expected if the procedure had been followed correctly. 

A final verdict will either be to affirm Kari Lake’s motion for Relief from Judgement to investigate the failure of voting printers throughout Maricopa County or prove that her case is without merit.

This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.