Arizona election official asks for investigation into Trump-backed GOP candidate Kari Lake

Arizona election official asks for investigation into Trump-backed GOP candidate Kari Lake

Arizona s top election official is asking an investigation into Kari Lake, the Trump-backed GOP candidate who lost her campaign for governor in November, for a possible campaign violation over the disclosure of voter signatures.

In a letter dated Monday, Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes asks state Attorney General Kris Mayes to investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against Lake for possible violations of state law, citing a tweet by Lake posted last week that boosts false claims of election fraud in the governor s race.

Fontes points out a graphic containing sixteen voter signatures in Lake's tweet, which he argued is in violation of state law that prohibits a voter's signature from being reproduced or accessible by any person other than the voter. The letter was shared by Mayes' office with NBC News without any further comment, according to the Washington Post. Lake has boosted unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in the 2020 and 2022 elections. In a Jan. 23 tweet, Lake claimed that 40,000 ballots didn't match voter signatures in Arizona's records. The graphic showing 16 voter signatures is included in the tweet.

I think all the Election Deniers out there deserve an apology, according to Lake.

Lake has tried several unsuccessful attempts to overturn her defeat despite Lake's defeat in Arizona's race for governor to then-Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in November. Lake lost by more than 17,000 votes to Hobbs.

A judge threw out Lake's challenge to her defeat last month, rejecting her claims of misconduct with ballot printers and problems with the ballot chain of custody.

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected Lake's second request that it review her challenge of the results of the 2022 election. An appeals court is due to have a hearing later this week.

During the Save Arizona Rally on Sunday evening, Lake maintained that she is the rightful governor and that Hobbs is a squatter in the governor's office. Trump also called into the rally to express his support for the Lake. The former president told the crowd that she s going to be victorious.