Arizona Supreme Court Sends Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit Back to Trial Court

“This is huge,” Kari Lake tweeted.

  • The Arizona Supreme Court revived a claim in former Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake’s election lawsuit, sending it back to trial court.
  • The state’s highest court found that the lower court erred in dismissing Lake’s challenge to signature verification procedures within Maricopa County.
  • A trial court must now review how the signatures were verified in the state’s most populous county.
  • AZ Central reported, “The county and appeals courts interpreted Lake’s signature-related challenge as applying to the policies themselves, not how the policies were applied in 2022, and dismissed her claim based on grounds that she filed her legal challenge too late.”
  • The signature verification claim is the only one the court will be reviewing, as six other claims have been deemed “insufficient” for further consideration, according to the Arizona Supreme Court document.

“Contrary to the ruling of the trial court and the Court of Appeals Opinion, this signature verification challenge is to the application of the policies, not to the policies themselves. Therefore, it was erroneous to dismiss this claim under the doctrine of laches because Lake could not have brought this challenge before the election,” the Supreme Court document notes.

  • American Faith reported that the majority of Arizona voters believe irregularities in the 2022 election affected its outcome.
  • A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 55% of likely Arizona voters believe election irregularities impacted the final results, with 35% of likely voters reporting it is “Very Likely” that irregularities affected election results.
  • 40% of respondents believe it’s not likely that the Maricopa County problems had an effect on the election outcome, including 29% who think it is “Not At All Likely.”