Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's legal team announced Wednesday that an examination of random ballots that were cast in November's election found that 48 of them, or 42.5 percent, were invalid due to the fact that they were “19-inch ballots produced on 20-inch paper.” It's very difficult to comprehend how, in a technologically advanced world, such a ridiculous error as this could happen. Is it impossible to determine the ballot size correctly? Don't be so naive.
Lake lost to Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in the November election by fewer than 18,000 votes out of the more than 2.5 million votes cast.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson on Monday threw out eight of the ten allegations in Lake's lawsuit filed on December 9, but let two stand. The lawsuit claims that there was a deliberate plot by officials to influence the results in favor of Hobbs. Thompson called for a two-day trial, which began on Wednesday.
Azcentral referred to the two remaining charges as follows:
“That a Maricopa County elections official intentionally caused ballot-on-demand printers to malfunction on Election Day, and that enough ‘identifiable’ votes were lost to cost her the election.
“That employees at Runbeck Election Services, the county’s ballot contractor, illegally added ballots of family members and that any failure by the county to maintain a proper chain of custody ‘was both intentional and did in fact result in a changed outcome.’”
The wrongly sized ballots caused chaos, Lake argued, and the mistake was not unintentional. The Kari Lake War Room tweeted: “This Is how they disenfranchised Maricopa County voters on Election Day. The ballots were designed to be unable to be read through the machines. This wasn't an error. It was malice. The process worked exactly as they intended it to.”
Lake was a guest speaker at the Turning Point USA AmFest convention last weekend and was excited about her legal options:
“Yesterday, we got great news—we’re taking these bastards to trial.
“And I’m so excited. You know I ran against our own version of Joe Biden here, Katie Hobbs. Basement Hobbs. She ducked out on the debate, but she can’t duck out from taking the stand in our trial. She will have to take the stand. Katie Hobbs is gonna have to put her hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth. That might be hard. That might be hard. And so is Stephen Richer, they’re going to have to swear to tell the truth. And I just want to remind them that perjury is a felony.”
But it doesn't appear that Hobbs will testify, since Lake's lawyers announced later that they had withdrawn their subpoena for her to take the stand.
The trial was adjourned for the day, but not before viewers were able to watch Maricopa County Elections Director Scott Jarrett pretend these irregularities in the voting process in November were not a major issue.
The story is still developing, but one thing’s for sure. A child could have run a better election than this one.