Judge Peter Thompson, who is overseeing Kari Lake’s electoral lawsuit, issued an emergency court hearing calling for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors officials, Governor elect Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake to attend a court hearing on Tuesday.
Thompson said that the court has “reviewed” Lake’s “verified statement of election contest” and said the “matter will be set on an accelerated basis.”
On Monday, Lake announced that her lawsuit was fueled by whistleblowers who have recently come forward.
“We’ve had three whistleblowers from Maricopa County reach out and say the system is seriously flawed,” Lake told Just the News on Monday.
“They were throwing out tens of thousands of signatures saying they were scribbles that in no way matched. But somewhere between there, the ballots were being completely tossed out and they got looped back into the system and counted as if they were fine,” she continued.
Lake noted that about 25,000 “additional ballots and early voting ballots were discovered two days after Election Day,” stating that they “just showed up.” She added: “It shows the whole system has serious problems.”
“We believe that up to 135,000 ballots were pushed through that should not have been pushed through,” Lake said.
“We’re asking a judge to let us take a look at all of the envelopes and compare signatures, so that we can find out for sure how many bad, fraudulent ballots got through in that way, of basically cheating or breaking the rules.”
In a statement issued on Friday, Hobbs’ lashed out, claiming Lake’s lawsuit was a “nuisance” stating it would be thrown out.
“Kari Lake needs attention like a fish needs water—and independent experts and local election officials of both parties have made it clear that this was a safe, secure, and fair election,” the statement read.
“Arizonans made their voices heard and elected Katie Hobbs as their governor. No nuisance lawsuit will change that, and we remain laser-focused on getting ready to hit the ground running on Day One of Katie Hobbs’ administration next year.”
Lake is pushing for a re-do of the Maricopa County election.
“Lake received the greatest number of votes and is entitled to be named the winner,” her lawsuit said.
“Alternately, the election must be re-done in Maricopa County to eliminate the effects of maladminstration and illegal votes on the vote tallies reported by Maricopa County.”