The Western Journal reached out to the county regarding the discrepancy, and spokesman Jason Berry responded via email writing, “The court system is the proper place for campaigns challenging the results to make their case.” “Maricopa County respects the election contest process and looks forward to sharing facts about the administration of the 2022 General Election and our work to ensure every legal voter had an opportunity to cast their ballot,” he added. The Lake campaign identified other issues with the election in Maricopa County including the widespread ballot printer and tabulator issues on Election Day affecting 131 polling locations (59 percent of the total) as a reason the election failed to fulfill Arizona legal requirements. The county has said 71 sites were impacted, about one-third in all. Lake argued that since Republicans voted 3-to-1 over Democrats on Election Day, what happened was large-scale vote suppression of her supporters.
This chart from @KariLake‘s lawsuit shows the total number of ballots cast in midterms, according to Maricopa County, increased by over 21K from the day after the election to the Friday of that week.The margin of victory in the governor’s race was 17K. pic.twitter.com/alvq2Xh0ik — Randy DeSoto (@RandyDeSoto) December 13, 2022
Lake told Real America’s Voice host Charlie Kirk on Monday, “Seventy-five percent of people voting on Election Day were voting for me. And then you basically shut down or make it impossible to vote or very difficult to vote at roughly 60 percent of the locations to vote, you’re going to cut into our lead. This is the disenfranchisement of voters in Arizona.”
2022 Maricopa voters by party and ballot type:Total: 1.56M By Mail REP: 482k – 38% DEM: 450k – 36% OTH: 332k – 26% Polling Place REP: 129k – 51% DEM: 43.6k – 17% OTH: 78.6k – 31% Early In Person REP: 21.7k – 49% DEM: 9.5k – 21% OTH: 13.6k – 30% — The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) December 7, 2022
The GOP candidate further stated that her filing includes affidavits from three whistleblowers who work for Maricopa County who said that 90 percent of ballots being flagged for signature mismatches did not go through the curing process. Her campaign is asking for access to the mail-in ballot envelopes so they can be checked against the signatures on file. “If we do have a situation where votes are being, phony votes are being put in with no people attached to them, it makes sense that they would want to do that, right?” Lake said. “Because when you call to cure, you’re going to find out there’s no human being on the other end of that ballot.” Given these and other issues identified in her brief, Lake’s lawsuit asked for a declaration that she won the gubernatorial race or a redo of the election in Maricopa County. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
.@KariLake: “The Board of Supervisors report is trying to diminish & downplay the level of ineptitude & malfeasance on Election Day. We have observers who have testified to what they saw, witnessed, and did on Election Day… and it goes against what the BOS are saying.” pic.twitter.com/WvZlp273t3— Kari Lake (@KariLake) December 12, 2022