Supreme Court rejects petition from Kari Lake to review dismissal of election integrity lawsuit

 April 24, 2024

Supporters of former President Donald Trump who continue to press the matter of election integrity have had a rough go of it in the court system, as their claims of ballot fraud and demands for security reforms have been repeatedly rejected.

That most recently includes the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Monday declined to take up a petition to allow an election integrity lawsuit by Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake to proceed, the Washington Examiner reported.

Lake, who lost her 2022 gubernatorial bid, was joined in the lawsuit by state Senate candidate Mark Finchem, who also lost his bid to be Arizona's Secretary of State in 2022, and the duo argued that sufficient evidence had been uncovered of the manipulation of voting machines in prior elections and the marked probability of similar fraud in future elections.

Petition for review denied

According to the Examiner, Lake and Finchem filed their lawsuit ahead of the 2022 elections, but that suit was quickly dismissed that same year by a federal district judge, with the dismissal upheld in late 2023 by a 9th Circuit appeals court panel.

The Hill reported that their petition to the Supreme Court asked the justices to review the dismissals of the lower courts of the lawsuit that sought an injunction against the use of electronic voting machines in the state after purportedly uncovering evidence that such machines had been "hacked" and "manipulated" in prior elections and remained at risk in future elections.

The suit also claimed that all "Arizona-certified optical scanners and ballot marking devices, as well as the software on which they rely, have been wrongly certified for use."

However, without explanation, the high court denied certiorari on that petition as part of an Order List issued on Monday.

Attorney says he's "disappointed" in rejection, vows to keep fighting

According to The Hill, Republican attorney Kurt Olsen, who was part of the team involved in the unsuccessful lawsuit and petition, said in a statement, "We are obviously disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the decisions of the Arizona district court and the Ninth Circuit, and order that our challenge to the 2022 election procedures be heard on the merits."

"Although the Supreme Court grants review in less than 1 percent of cases presented on petition, we believe we presented a case," he continued and pointed to new information supposedly supporting the lawsuit's claims that had come to light after the initial dismissal.

"The Kari Lake and Mark Finchem case was dismissed based on a purported lack of standing to assert an injury," Olsen added. "Therefore, the courts, even now, have not ruled on the merits of our case. We will continue to raise these issues especially in light of the upcoming 2024 election."

Court doesn't believe the "issue of election integrity" is worth their time

The Examiner noted that Lake hasn't yet directly addressed the Supreme Court's dismissal of her petition for review, though she did share on social media a particularly scathing quote about that decision from a report by an independent journalist.

Lake, citing former Fox News producer Kyle Becker, posted, "The Supreme Court of the United States did not believe that the issue of election integrity was worth the court's time during another crucial presidential race."

Becker's report shared some of the alleged evidence of voting machine manipulation in Arizona that caused Lake and Finchem to declare the machines and their reported results to be unreliable and untrustworthy, as well as a key argument from the lawsuit that was ultimately rejected.

"Plaintiffs have a constitutional and statutory right to have their ballots, and all ballots cast together with theirs, counted accurately and transparently, so that only legal votes determine the winners of each office contested in the Midterm Election," the suit stated. "Electronic voting machines cannot be deemed reliably secure and do not meet the constitutional and statutory mandates to guarantee a free and fair election."

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