Judge calls evidence hearing in lawsuit to ban voting machines in Arizona

A federal judge in Arizona will weigh evidence Thursday against the use of voting machines in the state’s midterm elections, Conservative Brief reported.

Two Republican electoral candidates endorsed by President Trump, Kari Lake, and Mark Finchem, sued to ban voting machines citing concerns with election security.

Judge to weigh evidence

Lake is the frontrunner in the August 2 Republican primary for governor. Finchem is running for secretary of state, a job currently held by Democrat Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor.

Hobbs is a defendant in the lawsuit brought by Lake and Finchem to guarantee that votes are counted “accurately and transparently.” Judge John J. Tuchi said that both parties will have a chance to make their cases at a July 21 hearing.

While Hobbs has dismissed the lawsuit as being based on mere “conjecture,” Democrats raised concerns about the vulnerability of voting machines prior to the 2020 presidential election, including the possibility of “vote switching.”

Lake and Finchem pointed out in their lawsuit that France does not allow voting machines in its elections.

The machines in use in the United States “are over a decade old, have critical components manufactured overseas in countries, some of which are hostile to the United States, and use software that is woefully outdated and vulnerable to catastrophic cyberattacks,” they wrote.

A ‘big lie’, or common sense?

They asked for an injunction requiring “constitutionally acceptable” and “tried and true” voting procedures that can be trusted to accurately represent the will of voters, such as the use of paper ballots.

President Biden carried swing states like Arizona by razor-thin margins in 2020 following several days of unprecedented mail ballot counting. Democrats have dismissed doubts about Biden’s legitimacy ever since as nothing more than conspiracy theories, but disputes over election policy have continued, along with the chaos that marred the 2020 count.

Hobbs was forced to again defend Arizona’s election standards after 60,000 incorrect early ballots were mailed out in Pinal County, something Hobbs chalked up to “human error” and not an issue with the ballot printer. As a result of the mistake, voters will have to fill out second ballots.

Lake, a former news anchor, has been accused of promoting the so-called “Big Lie” by claiming that the 2020 election was not legitimate.

“It’s not a partisan issue, politicians on both sides of the aisle criticized the vulnerabilities, the lack of security and transparency in these electronic voting machines,” she told KTAR in June.

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