Of the seven claims brought by Kari Lake in a lawsuit surrounding the 2022 Arizona election, signature verification is the one item the Arizona Supreme Court sided with Lake on in a Wednesday decision.
Republican Kari Lake faced Democrat Katie Hobbs in the 2022 gubernatorial race, losing by about 17,000 votes. After alarming problems on Election Day, Lake filed a lawsuit with seven allegations of ballot counting issues.
The Supreme Court determined that an appeals court wrongly discarded Kari Lake's assertion about the signature verification process. The lower court misinterpreted her challenge as a dispute over the policies rather than how they were applied.
This means the lower court must re-examine the signature verification procedures, which Lake asserts Maricopa County failed to follow.
The lower court also ruled that Lake filed her claims too late, and the high court stated “Lake could not have brought this challenge before the election.”
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“I am thrilled that the Supreme Court has agreed to give our signature verification evidence the appropriate forum for the evaluation it deserves. For years signatures have been a third rail for Maricopa County,” Lake said in a statement.
She added that this violation of signature verification procedure resulted in tens of thousands of illegal ballots being approved and counted.
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