It’s becoming harder and harder to trust the voting system in America and that is significantly harder to do in Arizona.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson dismissed Kari Lake’s lawsuit challenging the results of the state’s midterm election.
Hobbs lost almost every pre-election poll and even refused to debate Lake which caused one of the most well-known progressive journalists to denounce her actions as “political malpractice.”
Hobbs only had 177k Twitter followers compared to Lake’s 834k followers, over 400% fewer.
And the GOP has a 4% lead in voter registration over Democrats in both Maricopa County and statewide. So that means that 14% of voters flipped to oppose Lake, which is reminiscent of how Trump lost the state in 2020 to Biden.
Lake’s team found that over 298,942 ballots delivered to third-party signature verification service Runbeck Election Services on Election Day had no chain of custody. They have this information to Judge Thompson. A Runbeck employee also noted that there were at least 9,530 duplicate ballots printed and issued with no chain of custody. And just a couple of days after the election, 25,000 more ballots were found which lacked a chain of custody
That is a total of over 333,472 ballots.
This doesn’t count all the “Door 3” ballots that were commingled with counted ballots or the plague of printing problems in the state.
There are judges around the country that ordered new elections where there was far less evidence of voter disenfranchisement.
Legal expert Robert Barnes noted that Judge Thompson required a standard of “intentionality” that wasn’t even required. “Arizona law is clear: even inadvertent errors in election require setting aside result if it casts outcome in doubt,” he wrote.
Maricopa County has been getting away with this kind of behavior since at least the botched 2020 election.
It’s no wonder so many have lost trust in the process nationwide.