Lake Seeks Election Records in AZ Suit 11/26 09:16
PHOENIX (AP) -- Kari Lake, the defeated Republican candidate for Arizona
governor, has filed a public records lawsuit demanding Maricopa County hand
over a variety of documents related to the election.
Lake has refused to acknowledge that she lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs and
has for weeks drawn attention to voters who said they experienced long lines
and other difficulties while voting on Election Day in Arizona's largest county.
Her lawyer, Tim LaSota, says in the suit filed Wednesday that the county has
not fulfilled public records requests filed on Nov. 15 and 16. The requests
seek to identify voters who may have had trouble casting a ballot, such as
people who checked in at more than one vote center or those who returned a mail
ballot and also checked in at a polling place.
Lake is also asking for information about counted and uncounted ballots that
were accidentally mixed. County officials have acknowledged the problem
occurred at a handful of vote centers but say it happens in most elections and
can be reconciled.
Lake and her allies have bombarded Maricopa County with complaints about
Election Day problems, which stem largely from a problem with printers at some
vote centers that led them to print ballots with markings that were too light
to be read by the on-site tabulators. All ballots were counted, but Lake says
some of her supporters may have been unable to cast a ballot amid the chaos.
Lake wants the county to produce the records before certifying the election.
The Board of Supervisors, controlled 4-1 by Republicans, votes to certify the
election on Monday, the deadline under state law. Certification votes are also
scheduled for Monday in five other counties, including two where Republican
supervisors voted earlier to delay certifying the election.
The statewide canvass is scheduled for Dec. 5.
County officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment
Friday. Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, a Republican, has said the
county takes responsibility for the printer issue but blamed prominent
Republicans including state GOP Chair Kelli Ward for exacerbating the problem
by telling voters not to allow their ballots to be counted at the elections
headquarters in downtown Phoenix.