Republican Kari Lake, candidate for AZ Governor, has filed her legal paperwork to sue Democrat Katie Hobbs, personally as Contestee and in her official capacity as Secretary of State.
Lake also named; Stephen Richer in his official capacity as Maricopa County Recorder; Bill Gates, Clint Hickman, Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin, and Steve Gallardo in their official capacities as members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Jarrett, in his official capacity as Maricopa County Director of Elections; and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisor.
Lake’s team says they have the evidence to show the AZ election was too problematic to stand for several reasons, and they are asking for a complete audit of signatures and a new election Special Master, among a list of other remedies.
“Tens of thousand of ballots with mismatched signatures were counted,” while other ballots were being rejected at a very steady rate. In addition, there were oppressively long wait times and lines that did not move, according to testimony. There was also digital censorship, by Hobbs, that impacted the election, according to court documents.
“The number of illegal votes cast in Arizona’s general election on November 8, 2022, far exceeds the 17,117 vote margin between Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, certified at the official state canvass on December 5, 2022,” the court document reads.
That is 17,117 votes out of about 2,559,485 cast, with a laundry list of well-document problems.
Ben Bergquam appeared on Real America’s Voice on Thursday, to talk about the latest developments in what looks like a very unfair election:
.@BenBergquam: "What it's going to come down to is the Arizona Supreme Court, possibly the United States Supreme Court, looking at it and saying was this a fair election? And just on its face you can't make that claim." pic.twitter.com/dW4pDGEni4
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) December 9, 2022
A significant focus of the team’s evidence will be the signature verification problems, which show well over one hundred thousand signatures with problems as discussed in testimony by three witnesses who offered their testimony and who were especially able to document the deep flaws in the AZ election process.
“Jacqueline Onigkeit alone, reviewed approximately 42,500 ballots and rejected about 13,000 to 15,000 of them with rejection rates in the 25% – 40% and other workers claim similar numbers.
Further, ” the ballot tabulators and ballot printers experienced rampant breakdowns at no less than 132 out of the total 223 Maricopa County vote centers (59.2%), which prevented the ballot tabulators from scanning many voter’s ballots (the”Printer/Tabulator Breakdown”).”
The number of disenfranchised voters is shocking.
“At the vote centers witnessed by the roving attorneys, the percentage of ballots that these tabulators were unable to read ranged from 5% to 100% at any given time on election day, with the average having a failure rate between 25% and 40%,” Lake’s Lawyers wrote.
Read the Full Lawsuit: FILE_5507
In the November election, the lawsuit states, “The tabulators’ rejection of thousands of ballots set off a domino chain of electoral improprieties, rampant administrative chaos and confusion, lengthy delays at polling sites, and ultimately the prevention of qualified voters from having their votes counted,” adding:
“Video footage, first-hand accounts, and expert testimony directly contradict Maricopa County officials’ public statements deliberately attempting to downplay these events. Such acts, along with the government censorship programs described above.”
The document shows that “The evidence, including a detailed sworn declaration by a cyber expert who,
which Defendants Hobbs and Richer participated, only serve to amplify Americans’ deepening distrust in our election system.”
Lake’s lawyers open their case citing a poll that shows 72% of respondents agreed with Lake’s statement that correcting a ‘botched election’ was not a partisan act but a matter of the sacred right to vote for all Americans. They added, “witnesses who were present at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (“MCTEC”), Runbeck Election Services (“Runbeck”), and a multitude of Maricopa County vote centers, as well as other facts meticulously gathered, show hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected the election in Maricopa County.”
Most Voters Share GOP Concerns About ‘Botched’ Arizona Election – https://t.co/CuXhuYyvM9 pic.twitter.com/suaI8sSkaD
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) December 4, 2022
According to the filing on Friday, Lake’s lawyers said, “this case is about more than just those bad acts. Rampant and clear violations of federal and state law have become pervasive at the Secretary of State level under Secretary Hobbs and in the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Department.”
Bergquam highlighted the major concepts:
“…Rampant and clear violations of federal and state law have become pervasive at the Secretary of State level under Secretary Hobbs and in the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Department…” pic.twitter.com/heYcmNHyAM
— Ben Bergquam – Real America’s Voice (RAV-TV) News (@BenBergquam) December 10, 2022
The Lake team seeks to fix the problems in AZ system for good.
‘This case is about restoring trust in the election process-a trust that Maricopa County election officials and Hobbs have shattered. The judicial system is now the only vehicle by which that trust can be restored.”
Ben Bergquam, the host of Law and Border on Real America’s Voice, has been covering the Lake campaign, the election, and the aftermath- and will update Frontline America with more details as they become available. Follow Ben Bergquam on social media @BenBergquam and watch for him on the War Room program with Steve Bannon, where he is a frequent guest.
For some background on Ben’s AZ coverage:
@BenBergquam has been following the AZ election from the beginning. https://t.co/1obA0rFVRo
— Kari Baxter Donovan (@Saorsa1776) December 10, 2022
The Lake team is seeking:
“An opportunity to inspect Maricopa County ballots from the 2022 general election, including ballot signature envelopes and the corresponding signatures on file with Maricopa County, prior to trial;
A root cause analysis and forensic examination into the causes and extent of the printer-tabulator problems encountered on election day;
Trial of all disputed factual issues;
An order striking all signatures on file with Maricopa County that are not the “registration record” pursuant to A.R.S. § I 6-550(A);
An order striking any invalid ballots or types of ballots on an absolute or prorated basis;
An order setting aside the certified result of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election and declaring that Kari Lake is the winner of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election, pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-676;
In the alternative, an order vacating the certified results of the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election, pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-676 or 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and an injunction requiring that Maricopa County re-conduct the gubernatorial election in conformance with all applicable law and excluding all improper votes, under the direction of a special master;
Recusal of defendants Hobbs and Richer from further participation in matters involving the 2022 general election, including any new election and the review of any issues related to the 2022 general election and any new election.”
This story is developing…
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