Internal email reveals Maricopa election officials couldn’t reconcile significant ballot discrepancy

Just the News reports that newly-disclosed internal communications among election officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, reveal that they were unable to reconcile a discrepancy of almost 16,000 outstanding ballot totals. 

The significance of this is that Republican Kari Lake only lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs in the race for Arizona’s governorship by about 17,000 votes. The final tally of the race is 1,287,891 to 1,270,774.

Although Hobbs has been certified the winner, Lake has yet to concede.

Lake is instead challenging the election results.

The discrepancy

Access to the following internal communications comes from a public records request that has been submitted by the America First Legal Foundation.

The discrepancy was highlighted in an email sent from Recorder Stephen Richer to Elections Director Scott Jarrett. The email was sent on Nov. 10 just before a press conference was held in Maricopa County with Richer and Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates.

Just the News, quoting the email, reports:

“Unable to currently reconcile SOS listing with our estimates from yesterday,” Richer wrote, showing that Maricopa County estimated having 392,000 ballots left to be counted, while the secretary of state’s website said there were 407,664 ballots left. “So there’s a 15,000 difference somewhere,” Richer said, although the discrepancy cited was closer to 16,000.

It remains unclear both what caused this discrepancy and what Maricopa County officials did about this discrepancy.

Lake’s lawsuit

Lake has filed a 70-page lawsuit challenging the results of the election. According to the Washington Times, Lake alleges that there were thousands of illegal votes and “violations” in the election – enough illegal votes and “violations” to give Hobbs the victory.

This comes after all kinds of problems were reported in Maricopa County on election day. Internal communications obtained by America First Legal Foundation highlight some of these problems.

Just the News reports:

In an email forwarded to Jarrett by the chief of staff for Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Clint Hickman, a poll worker said that at their vote center, the ballot tabulators worked 75% of the time, as approximately 400 of 1600 in-person votes were “misreads and put in slot 3.”

“Ballots were put in the tabulator several times to get accepted,” the poll worker reported. “Ballots were flipped, put in backwards, flipped again before it might get accepted.”

Lake obtains a victory

The Washington Examiner reports that a judge has granted Lake’s request to inspect randomly selected ballots from the midterm elections. The inspection is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m.

Lake has put out a statement, saying:

Our lawsuit isn’t based on conspiracy or wild speculation. We have laid out a very clear theory about statutory violations and a broken chain of custody. These ballots deserve close scrutiny and we’re delighted we have been granted it.

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