Kari Lake sues Arizona’s largest county, seeking to undo its loss


A number of people named as experts in the lawsuit and one of the lawyers who filed the case – Kurt Olsen – are part of a loose election denial network headed by Mike Lindell, the contractor for the pillows that pushed conspiracy theories about election machines. since early 2021. Another Lake attorney, Bryan Blehm, represented contractor Cyber ​​Ninjas in the partisan audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results last year and also represented county supervisors of Cochise this year in a lawsuit for attempting to conduct a manual count. verification plan.

Ms Lake’s lawsuit came as lawsuits were also filed on Friday by two other Arizona Republicans who lost their midterm elections: Mark Finchem, who ran for Secretary of State, and Abe Hamadeh, the Attorney General’s nominee. Mr Hamadeh, who trails his opponent by 511 votes in a race that is being recounted, was joined in his trial by the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Hamadeh had already filed a lawsuit late last month to have the election overturned, but the lawsuit was dismissed by a Maricopa County judge for being filed prematurely. His new lawsuit – filed in Mohave County, a Republican stronghold where he won 75% of the vote – is narrower than that of Ms Lake, saying he does not question the validity of the election. But, as with Ms Lake, Mr Hamadeh is seeking an order quashing the election results and declaring him the winner, saying he is not alleging widespread fraud but rather “certain errors and inaccuracies”. On Friday evening on Twitter, Hamadeh wrote that “Maricopa County faced unprecedented and unacceptable issues on Election Day.”

Dan Barr, a lawyer for Mr Hamadeh’s opponent Kris Mayes, said the lawsuit was “based on speculation” and contained “no real facts”. He said he plans to file motions to dismiss and move him to Maricopa County early next week.

Mr Finchem, one of several candidates for secretary of state across the country who have denied the results of the 2020 presidential race, lost by more than 120,000 votes. In his lawsuit, filed in Maricopa County, Mr. Finchem alleged that Arizona had “woefully failed” to administer a “complete, fair and secure election” and asked the court to declare the election “void” and to name him the winner.

This complaint was filed by Daniel McCauley, who also represented Cochise County in its recent unsuccessful attempt to deny certification of election results.

One of Ms. Lake’s lawyers, Mr. Olsen, was also involved in an earlier federal lawsuit unsuccessfully filed on behalf of Ms. Lake and Mr. Finchem. It was filed ahead of the Nov. 8 election, but earlier this month a federal judge found it had made “false, misleading and unsubstantiated factual assertions” about electoral systems. The judge said these misleading claims warranted punishment. He said he would determine which of the lawyers involved in the case should be disciplined at a later date.



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