Arizona Court Of Appeals Agrees To Expedite Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit

Court sets conference for Feb. 1, agrees with GOP candidate's argument that lawsuit should be handled as a “special action petition."

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The Arizona Court of Appeals has ordered a conference to reconsider Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s lawsuit alleging the 2022 midterm election was botched.

In an ordered issued on Jan. 9, the court ruled a new “the matter for conference on February 1, 2023,” agreeing with Lake’s argument that her case should be handled as “special action petition.”

The court also ruled that lawyers for Democrat opponent Katie Hobbs, who was recently sworn in as governor, have until January 17 to argue for why Lake’s lawsuit should be rejected.

This comes after the Arizona Supreme Court earlier this month rejected Lake’s petition to transfer her election lawsuit to the high court, noting it was originally scheduled to appear before the appeals court in March.

From The Epoch Times:

Lawyers for Democrat Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, the state’s former secretary of state, has until Jan. 17 to respond and argue why Lake’s challenge should be rejected, according to the order. Lake had petitioned both the state’s Appeals Court and Supreme Court after a Maricopa County judge rejected her case after a two-day trial in December.

But earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court denied Lake’s petition to transfer her election lawsuit to the high court and said it will be heard before the Appeals Court first.

In December, Lake filed a lawsuit against Hobbs in her capacity as secretary of state, Maricopa County supervisors, Maricopa Recorder Stephen Richer, and other officials, asserting that the county’s handling of the election was seriously flawed and disenfranchised Election Day voters. Lake, a former broadcast journalist, argued that such disenfranchisement and election voting issues were enough to swing the election in her favor. She lost by 17,000 votes.

A Maricopa County judge, Peter Thompson, threw out Lake’s lawsuit on Dec. 24 and said she did not produce enough evidence, but he ruled that Lake should not be sanctioned and fined hundreds of thousands of dollars. Days before that, Thompson tossed out 8 of Lake’s 10 election claims.

Lake also claimed in a Friday interview with the Salem News Channel that her legal team has “three whistleblowers in the signature verification department in Maricopa County who said that they were rejecting tens of thousands of signatures to the tune of up to 130,000 ballots that were being rejected for bad signatures, and somebody above them was sending them on through to be counted anyway.”

Meanwhile, Maricopa County officials last week announced they would investigate widespread reports of problems with printers during the contested November midterm election following a myriad of complaints from voters and election workers.

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