On Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson granted former Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake's request to inspect election day ballots at several separate voting locations as part of her post-midterm election lawsuit against Democrat Governor-elect Katie Hobbs which alleges illegal votes affected the state's gubernatorial race.
On Twitter, Charlie Kirk posted, "HUGE: A Superior Court Judge just ordered Maricopa County to give Kari Lake’s legal team access to inspect:
- 50 randomly selected 'ballot-on-demand' printed on ED
- 50 early ballots cast on ED
- 50 ballots that were marked spoiled cast on ED.
Inspection happens Tuesday."
According to the AZMirror, a representative from Lake's team can "inspect 50 ballots cast at six different voting centers that were printed by the ballot-on-demand printers on Election Day; 50 ballot-on-demand-printed ballots from Election Day that were marked as spoiled; and 50 early voting ballots from six separate batches of ballots."
Lake's team can select the ballots randomly.
On December 9, Lake filed a lawsuit that challenged the midterm election's certification, listing Hobbs, Maricopa County Elections Director Scott Jarrett, County Recorder Stephen Richer, and members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, including Chairman Bill Gates, Clint Hickman, Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin, and Steve Gallardo, as defendants.
The lawsuit alleged that "The number of illegal votes cast in Arizona's general election on November 8, 2022 far exceeds the 17,117 vote margin," and that "Witnesses who were present…show hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected the election in Maricopa County."
Lake has to pay $300 bond to complete the inspection and adhere to strict rules that her team's examination will not interfere with a recount in Maricopa County over three different elections.
The suit cited the malfunctions with Maricopa County's tabulator machines, and noted that whistleblowers found violations in the chain of custody of ballots from Election Day. Ballot-on-demand printers generated ballots on Election Day that contributed to the tabulator malfunction as the machines could not read the print outs.
There is a motion to dismiss the case due Monday, and if granted, would nullify Lake's ability to inspect the ballots.
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