by Charlotte Hazard and Natalia Mittelstadt
Former GOP Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake announced an upcoming trial date in a lawsuit to obtain mail-in ballot signatures.
“We are scheduled for a 2-day trial set for September 21 & 25th,” Lake wrote on X, the platform previously called Twitter. “I will never stop fighting for Honest & Transparent Elections.”
We are scheduled for a 2-day trial set for September 21 & 25th.
I will never stop fighting for Honest & Transparent Elections. https://t.co/J84bbue0km
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) August 28, 2023
Earlier this year, a superior court judge ruled not to dismiss Lake’s request for access to ballot affidavit envelopes.
Maricopa County argued the ballot affidavit signatures are part of the voter registration record and are deemed confidential by state law with some exceptions, which Lake doesn’t meet, according to county attorneys.
Judge John Hannah refuted the argument, citing that county recorders usually include ballot affidavit envelopes in voter registration records, but not because it is required by law.
Lake has been in court over the past few months challenging the results of the 2022 gubernatorial election after losing to current Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs. She has pointed out major problems with the signature verification process for mail-in ballots and argued many voters in Arizona were disenfranchised on Election Day, when voting machine errors occurred in at least 60 percent of the voting centers in Maricopa County.
She has vowed to take her election lawsuit all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
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