Kari Lake's bombshell goes pffft


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Via:  hallux  •  one month ago  •  12 comments

By:   Laurie Roberts - Arizona Republic

Kari Lake's bombshell goes pffft
Opinion: Something was 'proved without a shadow of doubt' in Kari Lake's election trial, all right. And it should be followed up with sanctions, for bringing sour grapes instead of evidence.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

Kari Lake’s trial is over. The Big Reveal about Arizona’s election is, well …. revealed.

Turns out there was   no bombshell evidence   proving that some nefarious soul over at Maricopa County schemed up a plan to rob Lake of victory.

There wasn’t even a small firecracker. Not even a party popper.

There was just Lake’s attorney, clinging to a theory that somebody shrunk the ballots to cause Election Day mayhem and cost Lake the election.

“This is about trust,” Lake’s attorney Kurt Olsen said, in his closing argument. “It’s about restoring people’s trust.”

Team Lake failed to prove either count

Actually, according to Maricopa County Superior Court   Judge Peter Thompson’s order , it was about bringing evidence that shows someone intentionally caused the county’s ballot-on-demand printers to malfunction – and that, as a result of that, enough “identifiable” votes were lost to change the outcome of the election.

And it was about whether the Republican-run county intentionally played fast and loose with the rules that require them to keep track of early ballots, allowing Democrat Katie Hobbs to come away with the win.

Key facts: Behind the claims in Kari Lake's election challenge

Team Lake didn’t even come close on either count.

Instead, her attorneys offered:

  • A whistleblower from Runbeck Elections Services, the county’s election contractor, who didn’t testify but instead avowed to a Lake investigator that she saw fellow employees bring in 50 early ballots of family members and illegally add them to the vote total. Lake lost to Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs by 17,117 votes.
  • A partisan pollster calling himself the “People’s Pundit” – a guy whose polling firm, Big Data Poll, scored an F rating from the poll analysis website   FiveThirtyEight   – who did an exit poll of 813 Maricopa County voters and from that somehow concluded that 15,603 to 29,257 Lake supporters didn’t vote due to Election Day problems. “I believe it was substantial enough to change the leaderboard,” Rich Baris testified.
  • Sworn declarations from 200 voters who said they were impacted by Election Day problems. But only three of them, according to the county, didn’t vote and that was their choice. Declining to wait in line or put your ballot in a secure box, to be counted later, is not evidence of disenfranchised voters.
  • And finally, a cyber security expert who testified that the county’s printers were set up to spit out 19-inch ballots on 20-inch paper – ballots that then couldn’t be counted. Except, he conceded that they would have been counted. When a ballot can’t be read by a vote center tabulator, he acknowledged it’s sent to a bipartisan board of workers that transfers the voter’s choices onto a fresh ballot so it can be tabulated.

Printer problem was a snafu, not a scheme

Scott Jarrett, the county’s co-elections director, testified on Thursday that temporary technicians dispatched on Election Day to troubleshoot problems in three vote centers   accidently set the printers   to shrink-to-fit, causing the vote center tabulators to reject them.

What he described was a snafu, not a scheme.

But Lake’s expert, Clay Parikh, said those 19-inch ballots turned up in ballots he inspected earlier this week from all six vote centers and thus it “could not be by accident.”

Ipso facto, a conspiracy-o.

Who knows? Maybe it would have worked in fantasyland. But here in Maricopa County, there are those bipartisan boards that make sure such ballots count. So even if there was a plot (doubtful), it was foiled when those votes were ultimately counted.

Only don’t tell Lake that. Her campaign’s Twitter account has been on fire the last two days, putting its own rather remarkable spin on trial testimony (along with regular pleas for donations). Like this fictionalized blockbuster:

“Elections director Scott Jarrett confirms that the printer setting change that led to the mass disenfranchisement of Arizona voters DID occur the morning of election day,” the   Kari Lake War Room tweeted .

Judge should sanction Kari Lake for this

As for the always-aggrieved Lake, forever playing to the court of public opinion, she predictably claimed victory upon leaving the courthouse on Thursday afternoon.

 “We proved without a shadow of a doubt that there was malicious intent that caused disruptions so great it changed the results of the election,” she told reporters.

Something was proved without a shadow of doubt, all right. And it should be followed up with sanctions, as a warning to candidates that they’d better come to court armed with something more than sour grapes if they want to overturn the results of an election.

If Lake had proof of a county plot to deny her her due, it certainly wasn’t offered up this week.

Opinion, speculation and outright wishful thinking? Yeah.

But actual evidence in a courtroom? No.


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Junior Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    one month ago

Ah well Kari, there's always pole dancing at Mar-A-Lago.

Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    one month ago

it's been awhile since I've been to vegas, but I'm pretty sure the number of tricks is significantly diminished when working on a pole that short.

Masters Silent
2  SteevieGee    one month ago

Wait...  You mean it's NOT ok to make it harder to vote now?  I wish they'd make up their minds.

Professor Principal
3  JohnRussell    one month ago

The world awaits her studio audience talk show on Newsmax or OAN.  She will be a natural.

upcoming giveaways to the audience -   a date with Nick Fuentes, and autographed copies of the book Steve Bannon will write in prison, Mein Krap. 

Split Personality
Professor Principal
4  Split Personality    one month ago

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen, a Republican, threw out a similar challenge in Arizona's Attorney General election.

Dan Barr, an attorney representing Mayes, said Hamadeh didn’t present evidence to his claims. “What on earth are we doing here?” Barr asked during closing arguments. “People can’t file complaints (over elections) with no facts.” Arizona Republican Loses Lawsuit Over Attorney General Race (usnews.com)

and in the SOS race...

But Julian said in her ruling that federal law requires the EAC to take a vote to remove accreditation from a laboratory, which it did not do.

Julian also rejected arguments from Finchem that “tabulating machine failures” and a change in the estimated number of votes cast on the secretary of state’s website indicate that illegal voting happened. She said Finchem’s argument only mentions speculation that votes might not have been counted and not that any legal votes were not counted, which cannot sustain an election contest.

Arizona Republican loses election lawsuit in secretary of state race (yahoo.com)
Professor Principal
5  Kavika     one month ago

Add another loser to the long list of Trump losers.

Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
6  Thrawn 31    one month ago

And of course she is not just going to fuck off like she should. 

Greg Jones
Professor Guide
7  Greg Jones    one month ago

If she hadn't had her lips so firmly stuck to Trump's ass, and had not been an election denier, she probably would have won over the lackluster what's her name.

Professor Principal
7.1  devangelical  replied to  Greg Jones @7    one month ago

Split Personality
Professor Principal
7.2  Split Personality  replied to  Greg Jones @7    one month ago
If she hadn't had her lips so firmly stuck to Trump's ass, and had not been an election denier,


she probably would have won over the lackluster what's her name.

Conjecture, although more people picked the steady civil servant over the cranky TV personality in the end.


After putting herself through college at Northern Arizona University and graduate school at Arizona State University, she immediately started as a social worker and her first job out of college was working with homeless youth in Phoenix.

She then went on to run one of the largest domestic abuse shelters in the country, providing critical resources to thousands of women suffering from domestic violence. As a social worker, she saw firsthand the devastating effects that poverty and lack of access to health care create so Katie decided to run for office herself to tackle the root of the problems that were causing people to end up in these situations in the first place.

In the legislature, Katie worked with two Republican governors to expand healthcare to over 500,000 Arizonans, tackle the growing opioid epidemic, and hold criminals accountable by clearing the state’s rape kit backlog. As Secretary of State during the 2020 election, Katie’s office conducted the safest and most secure election in Arizona’s history amid unprecedented challenges to our democracy.

Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs | AZ Inauguration

Tip O'Neil always said "politics are local", Hobbs, Fetterman, Warnock and others sent

"personalities" like Dr. OZ, Herschel Walker and Katie whatshername packing.

Professor Principal
7.2.1  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @7.2    one month ago

handpicked republican carpetbaggers and wackjobs...

Professor Quiet
8  bbl-1    one month ago

Does Kari Lake want to become America's ILSE KOCH?


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