Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has formed a legal team to contest her putative defeat to Democrat Katie Hobbs, citing alleged voter suppression that disadvantaged Republicans on Election Day.
Lake, who has become known as a top protege of Donald Trump, shared the update with supporters in a video Thursday, Fox News reported.
Kari Lake forms a legal team
Same day voting in Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, was marred by widespread problems with ballot tabulators and printers that led to long lines among Republicans, who tend to vote on Election Day. Lake, in a brief video, said that she is doing “everything in my power to right these wrongs.”
“What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable. Tens of thousands of Maricopa County voters were disenfranchised,” she said.
Arizona, we are still in the fight. pic.twitter.com/ytaGvqG5J0
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 17, 2022
A judge shot down a Republican lawsuit on Election Day asking for extended voting hours.
Maricopa County election officials have blithely asserted that no one has been denied the right to vote and that voters at crowded polling places had the option of voting elsewhere.
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Maricopa Board of Supervisors chairman Bill Gates blamed the state’s Republican party for creating long lines by spreading “misinformation” about “box 3,” where voters were told to place ballots that couldn’t be scanned. 17,000 ballots placed in box 3 were brought to a separate location to be tabulated.
Lake had repeatedly called for Hobbs, who is Arizona’s Secretary of State, to recuse herself from any involvement in the election. Hobbs, who was declared the winner by the media Monday, is responsible for certifying election equipment.
Rassmussen Reports claims that 48 percent of Maricopa election centers had equipment malfunctions on Election Day. Democrats who ordinarily would be screaming “voter suppression” are suddenly sounding a very different tune.
“At the very worst, people were inconvenienced by these problems,” said Jeff Rogers, a Tucson attorney and former Chair of the Pima County Democratic party. “But people were not deprived of the right to vote.”.
Meanwhile, Lake visited Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate on Thursday, where she gave a defiant speech blasting the Democrats’ “tricks.”