Photo edit of Kari Lake and former President Donald J. Trump. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Kari Lake and former President Donald J. Trump. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Arizona Supreme Court sends Kari Lake’s appeal back to trial court for review

Kari Lake, a former journalist and Republican candidate for the Arizona governor’s race in 2022, had her legal challenge of her defeat sent back to trial court for review by the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday. The court refused to hear some of her claims while sending the remaining piece back to trial court. The legal challenge involves how Maricopa County performed signature verifications for early ballots.

Signature verification evidence to be evaluated in proper forum

Lake has had hopes that the Supreme Court has agreed to evaluate the signature verification evidence in a proper forum, according to a statement she made. She faces the challenge of proving that mail-in votes were affected enough to alter the election’s outcome.

The total number of votes that decided the election was approximately 17,000, which accounts for a very tight margin of only 0.5%.

Arizona Supreme Court orders reply to defendant’s motions for sanctions

The Arizona Supreme Court ordered Lake’s team to file a reply to the defendant’s motions for sanctions concerning the assertion of an undisputed fact that 35,563 unaccounted-for ballots were added to the total of ballots at a third-party facility. The order said that the record does not reflect such a claim and that the motions of sanctions would be considered in due course.

Lake’s 2022 election complaint raised allegations of misconduct and illegal votes. Issues raised included mail-in ballots, chain-of-custody, and problematic ballot printers. Maricopa County officials acknowledged issues with the election but insisted that every valid vote in the contest had been counted.

Two other Republican candidates also received unfavorable rulings

Abe Hamadeh and Mark Finchem, who ran for attorney general and secretary of state, respectively, also received unfavorable rulings in their legal challenges seeking to challenge their losses. Throughout the legal challenges, Lake remained steadfast, vowing to take her case to the high court.

Rumors of a Senate bid and vice presidential running mate

In the months since the November election, rumors have circulated that Lake is considering a Senate bid and that former President Donald Trump is considering her as a possible vice presidential running mate.


  1. Pretty much everyone can see the election was rigged in Maricopa. Kari won in all the other counties, but not in Maricopa. Maricopa seem’s unique that it had printer failures, used a third party (Runbeck) to house, print and count ballots, failed to follow State election guidelines regarding chain of custody, signature verification, had election officials AND it’s board of supervisors stonewall and obstruct any invest igation into election procedures BOTH in 2024 midterm’s AND 2020 general election’s. Then on top of it, an election challenge goes to a very limited TWO DAY trial by an either incompetent, coerced, or corrupt judge.Now after going all the way to the State Supreme Court it get’s sent back down to that same judge. It all stinks to High Heaven.

  2. When are the powers that be going to get serious about this Election rigging and get back to basics with Voter ID, Paper Ballots, Election Day, not Election Week, or Month, No Ballot harvesting, Mail-in only for People who really cannot get to Vote in Person

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