This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
In her lawsuit contesting the official results of the Nov. 8 election, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake
cites a cyber expert who concludes the extraordinary malfunction of voting machines on Election Day could not have occurred without “intentional misconduct.”
“This didn’t just happen, and we all knew that,” Lake said in an interview Monday with Steve Bannon on “War Room.”
The cyber expert, Clay Parikh, worked for the company that Maricopa County uses to test its voting equipment, Runbeck.
In addition, Lake said, Maricopa County “loosened up every procedure and every safety that we have to make sure that the mail-in ballots were only the [valid ones] were being counted.”
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The complaint filed Friday by Lake – who lost to Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs by less than 18,000 votes according to the official count – contends voting tabulator and printing malfunctions suppressed the vote on Election Day when most of her supporters planned to cast their ballots. Meanwhile, the mail-in balloting used predominantly by Democratic voters was fraught with problems.
About 300,000 mail-in ballots, Lake told “War Room,” had no chain of custody and, therefore, were illegal, because there was no way to determine whether or not they were valid.
In addition, more than 100,000 ballots didn’t pass signature verification requirements.
“So they loosened up [the mail-in balloting], because that’s where the Democrat votes are, and then on the day where the Republican votes are, they made it nearly impossible to vote.”
Lake said she has sworn statements from voters who said they had voted in every election for decades but could not vote in the Nov. 8 election because, at every polling place they went, the lines were wrapped around the building.
In a statement Monday, Lake said the lawsuit “puts an end to any doubt that our elections, especially in Maricopa County, are rigged and massive reforms are needed if the public is ever to trust the results again.”
“Our sacred vote was trampled on,” she said. “Every Arizonan should be furious, regardless of party. Despite the desperate lies by the fake news, my team has filed one of the strongest election lawsuits in history.”
The complaint states that the “maladministration and illegal votes” in Maricopa County cause Arizona to wrongfully name Hobbs the winner. It asks for Lake, having “received the greatest number of votes,” to be name the winner or for the election to be redone.
See the interview.
The lawsuit names Hobbs, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, Maricopa County Elections Director Scott Jarret, and Maricopa County board of supervisors members Bill Gates, Clint Hickman, Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin, and Steve Gallardo.
On Nov. 29, as WND reported, following the passionate testimony of poll workers and voters, the county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify their election canvass.
During the public testimony, a poll observer said that at 7 p.m. on Election Day, when the polls closed, 675 people were waiting in line at his voting location. Only 150 of those people ended up voting, he said. Another poll observer testified that a vote tabulating machine that was found not to be working the night before the election during a test run, nevertheless, was used the next day. Another poll worker described “complete chaos” as machines broke down and angry voters said they had to get back to work, concluding it amounted to “voter suppression.”
At the end of the meeting, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer insisted no voter was disenfranchised. Board Chairman Bill Gates acknowledged “this was not a perfect election” but contended the count was accurate.