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Judge Grants Kari Lake Request To Inspect Arizona Election Ballots

An Arizona judge has approved former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lakes’ request to review randomly selected ballots from a midterm election, giving her a minor victory in her efforts to contest the results.

Lake may have the opportunity next week to examine a small number of ballots cast in Maricopa County during the 2022 midterm elections. The approval allows Ms. Lakes’ team to examine random ballots cast on Election Day at six voting centers in the state’s most populous county.

Phoenix, Arizona. Image by: Bigmikebmw

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson granted Lake’s request for her team to inspect 50 ballots cast at six different voting centers printed by the ballot-on-demand printers on Election Day; 50 ballot-on-demand-printed ballots from Election Day marked as spoiled; and 50 early voting ballots from six separate batches. Ballots are to be selected at random by Lake’s representatives. 

Thompson did not grant Lake’s request to inspect 50 ballot envelopes from early voting ballot batches, saying inspection of ballot envelopes is not allowed by state election statutes. 

Lake’s 70-page complaint argues election officials incorrectly tallied some votes and denied some Arizonans the right to vote in November.“Our lawsuit isn’t based on conspiracy or wild speculation,” Ms. Lake‘s campaign tweeted. “We have laid out a very clear theory about statutory violations and a broken chain of custody. These ballots deserve close scrutiny and we’re delighted we have been granted it.”

Photo: Gage Skidmore

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