(Headline USA) A judge overseeing Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s election lawsuit ordered Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors officials to appear at an emergency court hearing on Thursday.
Hobbs, who certified her own election, has been declared “the winner” of the governor’s race, even though mass criticism and alleged voter suppression have thrown the results into serious doubt.
Judge Peter Thompson wrote in his order that the court “reviewed” Lake’s “verified statement of election contest” and ordered the matter to be considered “on an accelerated basis.” Lake, Hobbs, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates were all ordered to attend the hearing, according to the Gateway Pundit.
Lake filed her lawsuit last week, alleging misconduct in Arizona’s handling of its recent midterm elections. She cited multiple whistleblowers who came forward with accusations of wrongdoing.
“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.”
Lake said that 25,000 “additional ballots and early voting ballots were discovered two days after Election Day.” These ballots “just showed up” out of nowhere, she added.
“It shows the whole system has serious problems,” Lake continued.
Lake’s lawsuit alleges that up to 135,000 ballots were improperly counted. It asks the court to conduct an in-depth audit, looking at all of ballot envelopes and comparing ballot application signatures to the signatures on the actual ballots themselves.
That way, she said, “we can find out for sure how many bad, fraudulent ballots got through in that way, of basically cheating or breaking the rules.”
Lake’s lawsuit also asks the court to declare her the winner of the gubernatorial election or for a new vote to be held in Maricopa County.