Lake files lawsuit against Maricopa County, demands information about Election Day printer problems
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County officials on Wednesday, accusing them of breaking election laws and demanding they provide information about voters whose ballots were impacted by Election Day printer issues.
Her case joins other challenges and criticisms hurled at Maricopa County by conservative politicians and personalities in the past week.
Lake announced the lawsuit on “War Room,” a right-wing talk show hosted by former President Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon. She called the Nov. 8 election “the shoddiest election ever, in history.”
“We want some information,” Lake said. “We’re on a timeline, a very strict timeline when it comes to fighting this botched election, and they’re dragging their feet.”
Seventy of the county’s 223 voting centers experienced problems with on-site printers producing ballots too light to be read by vote-counting machines on Election Day, causing frustration and long lines for voters. Lake’s filing alleges that as many as 118 voting locations may have experienced problems.
Maricopa County officials declined to comment on the filing.
Unofficial election results show Lake losing by about 17,000 votes to Democrat Katie Hobbs, one of several bruising losses for the GOP, which ran at the top of the ballot a slate of candidates casting doubt on elections. An Arizona Republic analysis of voting patterns found that many Republicans didn’t vote for Republican candidates in some of the largest races of the election.