The Supreme Court of Arizona has refused to hear Kari Lake’s election lawsuit related to her loss in the November 2022 election.
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Kari Lake’s election lawsuit ruled on by the Arizona Supreme Court
On Monday, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected former Arizona Governor candidate Kari Lake’s request to hear her election lawsuit.
However, Lake never appeared to accept her loss in the election and went to court to challenge her loss in the governor’s race. She lost her appeal of an election challenge in Maricopa County Superior Court.
The court’s decision to dismiss her appeal prompted her to move to the Arizona Supreme Court.
Lake filed a bid to the State’s Supreme Court to overturn her election loss and challenged the election result based on the issue with ballot printers. She claimed that around 35,000 unaccounted ballots had been accepted.
But the highest Court of Appeal rejected six of her seven claims about the election results earlier in the year, ruling that she lacked sufficient evidence.
Nonetheless, the Supreme Court found that the lower courts had not properly heard Lake’s signature verification claim. Hence, the remaining claims about signature verification in Maricopa County were reserved for further consideration.
Now, the Arizona Supreme Court has rejected her appeal related to her election loss lawsuit in Arizona. Lake claimed that many votes that could have made her win the gubernatorial election in Arizona remain uncounted.
She has requested the Court to review about 1.3 million early voters in Maricopa County that have signed off on the ballot envelopes.
She also argued that the state’s signature verification procedure was defective. However, the Arizona Supreme Court denied Lake’s request twice this year.
According to the reports on Tuesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that Lake and Republican Mark Finchem, who ran for secretary of State and lost the race by over 122,000 votes, did not produce significant evidence to substantiate their claim that the use of vote tabulation machines violated their constitutional rights.
The three-judge panel noted in their ruling, “Lake and Finchem conceded that their arguments were limited to potential future hacking and not based on any past harm.”
The panel’s ruling said, “Even assuming Plaintiffs could continue to claim standing as prospective voters in future elections, they had not alleged a particularised injury and therefore failed to establish the kind of injury Article III requires.”
“None of the plaintiffs’ allegations supported a plausible inference that their individual votes in future elections will be adversely affected by the use of electronic tabulation, particularly given the robust safeguards in Arizona law, the use of paper ballots, and the post-tabulation retention of those ballots,” the panel added.
Kari Lake announced her bid for the US Senate in Arizona in October and is currently running for the United States Senate in Arizona for the 2024 election.
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