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Kari Lake Vows Larger Legal Challenge After 1st Election Lawsuit Filed

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said she plans a bigger legal challenge than the one her team filed against Maricopa County earlier this week.

“So we filed this lawsuit in court today and asked the province to cough up some of the public documentation we need for our larger lawsuit,” she told Just the News Wednesday. Lake added that she had not determined what the remedy of the lawsuit would be.

“A lot of people are saying they want a repeat of Maricopa County. I’ve heard people say throw it out. We haven’t determined what the remedy is. But I don’t think you can fix what happened,” she said. .

Lake, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump, criticized the county’s handling of the election in an interview with Newsmax, saying “there were three-hour lines” caused in part by problems with the tabulation equipment at polling places .

Earlier this week, Lake’s team filed a lawsuit (pdf) against Maricopa County asking for the release of the county’s election records.

“We have a case that we’re putting together that I believe is going to be shocking,” Lake, a former local television host, said of the lawsuit. “We have whistleblowers coming forward. We have the inside scoop on how it was executed, what goes on behind the scenes. What they did to our sacred voice is unforgivable.”

Authorities in Maricopa County on Nov. 8 confirmed problems with tabulators in many polling places and told voters they had the option of leaving their completed ballots in drop-off boxes for later counting or going to another polling place. Later that day, those officials—Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates and County Recorder Stephen Richer—said they had identified the printer problem and claimed no voters had been disenfranchised.

“People could still vote, it was just a matter of maybe not voting the way they wanted,” Gates said at a Nov. 8 news conference. “We don’t believe that anyone was deprived because no one was turned away.”

Last week, Democrat Katie Hobbs, who is Arizona’s secretary of state, declared victory over Lake. Polling data shows she is currently leading the race, although Lake has not conceded.

Requests

Arizona’s attorney general’s office also issued a letter to Maricopa County asking for answers to problems related to Election Day.

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Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks at a press conference calling for abortion rights outside the Evo A. DeConcini Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, on October 7, 2022. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns about Maricopa County’s legal compliance with Arizona election law,” the letter states.

The office requested the information before Maricopa County submits its ballot to the secretary of state because it relates to its “ability to legally certify election results.” County officials have until November 28 to respond to the letter’s request.

But in response, Gates said Maricopa would not delay the vote.

“Before the canvas, the County will respond to a letter from the Arizona Attorney General’s office requesting information about the administration of the November General Election,” he said last week in response to the letter. “Councillors received this letter on Saturday evening and had a team working on a response all day on Sunday, even as staff continued to count votes. We look forward to answering the AG’s questions with transparency as we have done throughout this election.”

Lake’s recent comments come as outgoing Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey met with Hobbs on Wednesday and confirmed that he will work with her to carry out a transition of power.

“Today I congratulated Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in a hard-fought race and offered my full cooperation as she prepares to assume leadership of the state of Arizona,” Ducey said in a statement Wednesday.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, Hobbs Lake leads by about 16,000 votes, according to The Associated Press.

The Epoch Times has contacted Maricopa County for comment.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times in New York.

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