Arizona judge dismisses Lake election lawsuit

Lake’s lawsuit filed Dec. 9 alleged that illegal votes were cast in the Nov. 8 midterm elections and stated that “[t]The tabulators’ rejection of thousands of ballots set off a domino chain of election irregularities.

Lake further asserted that she was “entitled to an order quashing Maricopa County’s solicitation and certification by Arizona of the 2022 election results.”

“Plaintiff has no stand-alone right to challenge the election results based on what Plaintiff believes – rightly or wrongly – went wrong on Election Day,” Thompson said in her order. “She must, in law, prove a ground that the legislature has provided as a basis for contesting an election. »

On Dec. 19, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed eight of the 10 claims Lake originally made in his lawsuit. The judge allowed two of his allegations of misconduct by election officials to continue, but they were dismissed on Saturday.

Lake said she would appeal the decision.

“This judge did not decide in our favor. However, in the interests of restoring faith and honesty in our elections, I will appeal his decision,” she said. tweeted Saturday.

Lake, a former local TV news anchor, would not commit to accepting her race results during her campaign. She often repeated former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was rigged.

Rick Hasen, a UCLA law school professor and one of the nation’s most prominent election law commentators, said in an article that if Lake “had her day in court,” she had “a chance to prove his claims and completely, completely failed. »

Zach Montellaro contributed to this report.

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