The fact that a judge has ordered a two-day trial in Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s election lawsuit is a win for election integrity efforts, said Jenna Ellis, former senior adviser and counsel to former President Donald Trump, in a Dec. 14 interview with NTD News.
The hearing to determine whether there was enough evidence to warrant a trial took place Tuesday before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson.
“I think this is a great step forward that this judge is taking the petition from Kari Lake very seriously and said that there is sufficient evidence here,” Ellis said. “Regardless of whether or not that’s exactly enough time or the judge ultimately ends up extending that timeframe, if there needs to be more presentation of evidence or additional arguments, two days, in my view, is at least a huge threshold victory.”
Lake told Fox News that on Election Day, voters in Arizona were disenfranchised because of malfunctioning printers and tabulators, which caused huge lines, full parking lots, and delays that prevented many from voting that day.
“It’s a 70-page lawsuit that reads like a real crime novel,” Lake said during an interview for Tucker Carlson Tonight on Wednesday. “We vote for a full month in Arizona with early ballots, and on Election Day when the Republicans showed up, the Election Day voting was sabotaged, and that’s what our case is going to prove.”
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Lake’s legal team alleges there were 135,000 illegal ballots that were counted, far more than the 17,000-ballot margin of victory for Hobbs. Lake’s team has requested permission to examine the ballots to assure their chain of custody, which Ellis said is very important but will be up to the judge to decide.
“This is why state law needs to change in terms of requiring these types of counties and election officials to provide the data to the candidates so that they can mount these types of challenges where appropriate,” said Ellis.