Kari Lake’s Campaign Sues Maricopa County!
By Mark Schwendau
Kari Lake’s campaign filed a lawsuit Wednesday demanding documents about voters from Maricopa County officials related to this month’s Midterm Election. In the lawsuit, Kari Lake for Arizona brings up the printer problems that affected dozens of tabulation sites in Maricopa County on Election Day and demands all public records related to voters who tried to vote but couldn’t, or had to go to another polling place, including their names and contact information. The campaign also wants records regarding people who tried to check in at two different voting centers and documents regarding ballots which had the write-in Senate candidate for Legislative District 22.
A copy of the filing for Kari Lake is available online here:
The Lake campaign claims to have received most of the public documents they requested except two:
* “All communications prior to Election Day between or among County employees, agents and vendors with regard to problems with tabulation or printing of ballots at vote centers.”
* “All public records related to re-tabulation of votes cast in person at vote centers due to commingling and/or reconciliation issues.”
Arizona and Maricopa County election officials repeatedly said every vote was counted and voters who ran into problems were given other opportunities to cast their ballots. RINO Republicans Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said Lake lost her bid to become Arizona’s next governor to Democrat Katie Hobbs. But to Lake, who was ahead in pre-election polls by as much as 10 points, this is like the 2020 General Election all over again, but worse. Her supporters around the nation see it as more of the same (MOTS).
Republican candidate for attorney general, Abe Hamadeh, also filed a lawsuit this past week over the election, claiming it was mishandled. He has sued all 15 county recorders in the state and Secretary of State Hobbs, unlike Lake who focused on just Maricopa County.
In a recent video interview with Steve Bannon (a former Trump administration official) Lake slammed the county’s handling of the election and said the information her campaign is seeking will be used to bolster a follow-up lawsuit.
“We need information from Maricopa County. They ran the shoddiest election ever in history and we want some information,” Lake said. “We’re on a timeline, a very strict timeline when it comes to fighting this botched election.”
The Internet gatekeepers have gone out of their way to censor this interview but we at Independent Sentinel found it here:
The fake news media has falsely labeled Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake as a person who “her brand on the inaccurate claim that the 2020 election was marred by fraud”. In fact, Lake has come out discussing the issues of concern with Arizonians with the chief concern being their newly opened border with Mexico by Joe Biden.
Democrat nominee Katie Hobbs both refused to recuse herself from running the election as the current Arizona Secretary of State and refused to debate Kari Lake during the campaign. The liars of the fake news media now claim Hobbs won the election by 17,000 votes, a margin by which a recount is not warranted under current state law. This is the exact same tactic that was used in the general election, cheat in such a way that you win by just enough votes a recount and audit is not warranted.
It has been said problems with on-demand printers on Election Day in Arizona affected around 70 polling places in Maricopa County, the most populated county of the state. This resulted in some confusion as voters were directed to either place their ballot in a special drawer, nicknamed Door #3, for later tabulation at Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center or go to another polling place. Kari Lake’s Twitter account exploded with irate Arizonians being jerked around at polling places on election day.
An emergency stay order was filed by Kari Lake for Arizona to have the polling places remain open longer so everybody could vote but the judge denied the emergency request for unknown reasons.
In the brief, Lake’s attorney alleges that as many as 118 polling centers in the county dealt with issues because of tabulators which wouldn’t read ballots. The lawsuit requests the court require the county’s election officials provide public records before the canvassing deadline of Nov. 28, to give Lake’s campaign time to seek redress.
“In the absence of an immediate and comprehensive production of the requested public records, (Kari Lake) cannot ascertain the full extent of the problems identified and their impacts on electors,” wrote Timothy La Sota, an attorney for Lake’s campaign.
The lawsuit includes legal declarations from voter who said they ended up leaving due to long wait times, said they were afraid their votes weren’t properly counted or personally witnessed chaotic conditions at poll sites. The information requested is extensive and wide-ranging, including the names and contact information of voters who were present at polling sites experiencing the printer malfunctions, the number of ballots that were spoiled or canceled for any reason, and the number of UOCAVA ballots, cast by overseas military members, and their verification processes.
Also demanded are the names and contact information of voters who dropped off a mail-in ballot on Election Day and also submitted an in-person ballot, resulting in rejection of the former. The information is demanded of voters who filled in provisional ballots after checking in at a second site, as well as data on polling sites and the wait times that were reported online were also demanded.
Adjudication, the process by which election officials determine the intent of a voter when dealing with uncertainty about the voter’s eligibility/choice and whether their vote should be counted, also came under fire in the lawsuit. Adjudication rates by legislative district must also be provided to the Lake campaign. A high adjudication rate whereby Republican votes are questioned and then rejected was systematic of the election fraud of 2020.
Lake’s lawsuit comes as election officials in the state are grappling with several challenges from Republican politicians of Arizona. On Tuesday, Republican nominee for Attorney General Abe Hamadeh filed suit against Maricopa County, claiming issues on Election Day cost him the race. The Republican National Committee joined Hamadeh in his suit, but did not bolster Lake’s. Hamadeh said he will refuse to certify the election as un-certifiable due to state laws that were violated and broken.
Also on Tuesday, outgoing Republican state Senator Kelly Towsend, who currently chairs the Senate Government Committee, subpoenaed the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. This board which oversees Election Day voting is seen as corrupt by many Arizonians. Townsend demanded the board provide more information on the tabulation and printer malfunctions that occurred during the midterm election and gave them until Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m. to answer.
As we reported previously, Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich sent a letter last Saturday asking Maricopa County for an explanation of how the problems with on-demand printers at polling sites occurred and were fixed. The county replied it would answer after the official canvass on Nov. 28, which is statutorily mandated, was completed which, of course, would be too late.
Meanwhile Marc Elias, a former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer, threatened to sue any Arizona county that doesn’t certify the results. That threat could wind up being pretty meaningless however since Lake and the Arizona Republicans are now rumored to have planted election law expert lawyers throughout Maricopa County of Arizona in anticipation of another election theft. Any lawyer of the Bar is considered and agent of the court both on and off the clock.
This could get interesting. Many believe this election and the litigation to follow will determine the future of our country. Will we be a socialist’s democracy or a Constitutional Republic?
Some believe, win or lose this election and court battle; Kari Lake could become Trump’s vice presidential candidate to run with him in 2024.
Copyright © 2022 by Mark S. Schwendau
Mark S. Schwendau is a retired technology professor who has always had a sideline in news-editorial writing where his byline has been, “Bringing little known news to people who simply want to know the truth.” He classifies himself as a Christian conservative who God cast to be a realist. Mark is an award-winning educator who has published 7 books and numerous peer-reviewed trade journal articles some of which can be found on the Internet. His father was a fireman/paramedic while his mother was a registered nurse. He holds multiple degrees in technology education, industrial management, OSHA Safety, and Driver’s Education. His personal website is www.IDrawIWrite.Tech.