PHOENIX ( Associated Press) – Kari Lake, the losing Republican candidate in the Arizona governor’s race, has formally contested her defeat to Democrat Katie Hobbs and asked the court to set aside certified election results from the state’s most populous county and declare the winner. asked for. Or run the gubernatorial election again in that county.
The lawsuit, filed by Lake late Friday, focuses on long lines and other difficulties people have at the polls on Election Day in Maricopa County. The challenge, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, also alleges that hundreds of thousands of ballots were submitted illegally, but offers no evidence.
Lake has refused to acknowledge that he lost to Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes.
Lake, who is endorsed by Donald Trump, has bombarded Maricopa County with complaints, mainly related to a problem with printers at some polling places, causing ballots to be printed with markings too light for the tabs to read. was printed with.
Queues formed at some polling places, leading Republicans to suspect that some supporters were unable to vote, although there is no evidence that this affected the outcome. County officials say everyone was able to vote and all legal ballots were counted.
Lake sued Maricopa County officials and Hobbs in his current role as Arizona Secretary of State.
Sophia Solis, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office, said Lake’s lawsuit is under review, but did not comment further.
Maricopa County spokesman Jason Berry declined to comment on Lake’s request to overturn the county’s election results in the governor’s race. But he said the county “respects the election challenge process and looks forward to sharing facts about the administration of the 2022 general election and our work to ensure that every legal voter has the opportunity to cast their ballot.” meet.”
Lake’s lawsuit stated that Republicans were disproportionately affected by the troubles in Maricopa County because they outnumbered Democrats by a 3 to 1 ratio on Election Day. Republican Party leaders urged their supporters to wait until Election Day to vote.