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Kari Lake Dismisses Report Blaming Poll Paper Utilized in Maricopa County

Failed Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has bemoaned the outcomes of a probe suggesting election officers had no motive to suspect there can be any issues with the state’s Election Day poll printers.

Greatest identified for her years as a neighborhood information anchor within the Phoenix space, Lake made the transition to politics with a run for governor final yr. As an outspoken loyalist of former President Donald Trump and supporter of his false claims about election fraud, Lake secured his endorsement and finally the GOP nomination.

Regardless of an in depth race, Lake to Democrat Katie Hobbs, a part of a broader pattern within the 2022 midterms of Trump-backed, election-denying candidates being rejected by voters. Lake has, nevertheless, but to concede the race to Hobbs, alleging that voter fraud and different points had been guilty for the loss. Regardless of her lack of electoral success, Lake has remained a distinguished Republican determine, showing at the newest CPAC as visitor speaker.

Among the many points that she pointed to had been the issues with poll printers that impacted voters in Maricopa County, which led to lengthy traces for a lot of and widespread confusion. Studies indicated that the printers produced ballots that had been too gentle to be correctly tabulated by different machines readily available. Lake has alleged that these points disproportionately affected and disenfranchised her voters, although her makes an attempt to carry the matter to court docket had been dismissed and additional analysis discovered that voters in Democratic-leaning areas had been additionally impacted.

On Tuesday, a probe into the printer points led by former state Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Ruth McGregor produced a report detailing its findings, concluding that the problems had been the results of machine failure triggered by way of heavier and longer poll paper. The report really helpful a return to paper codecs beforehand used, and extra rigorous stress-testing to keep away from future points.

Then-Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks to the media after voting on November 8, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. Lake, who has nonetheless not accepted her loss to a Democrat 5 months in the past, has denounced the result of an investigation into points with the state’s poll printers on Election Day.
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“However nothing we realized in our interviews or doc evaluations gave any clear indication that the issues ought to have been anticipated,” the report acknowledged.

In an official response shared to Twitter, Lake’s official marketing campaign account dismissed the findings as “a farce.”

“Maricopa County has launched the outcomes of their inside investigation & has SHOCKINGLY discovered themselves not responsible of any crime,” the tweet learn. “We instructed you this was a farce. These individuals do not suppose your vote or your opinion issues. And anybody who takes the outcomes of this “investigation” severely is a part of the issue.”

Newsweek has reached out to the Maricopa County Board of Elections by way of its official web site for a response.