Election 2022

Kari Lake granted new trial, must prove Maricopa County ignored signature-verification rules

BY: - May 15, 2023

Kari Lake will have one last chance to argue in court that her 17,000-vote loss 2022 election should be overturned — but to actually do so, she will have to prove conclusively that Maricopa County brazenly failed to verify tens of thousands of early voter signatures and that, in doing so, the county affected the […]

Kari Lake

A judge is mulling Lake’s last-ditch attempt to overturn the 2022 election

BY: - May 15, 2023

Kari Lake’s remaining hope of overturning the 2022 election is in the hands of a Maricopa County Superior Court judge after a May 12 hearing in which Maricopa County said her last-ditch effort is built on demonstrably false claims of malfeasance for which she has no evidence. Lake, a Trump-endorsed election denier, lost her bid […]

Pinal County’s election director saw glaring errors, cashed out, then fled

BY: - May 5, 2023

By the time Virginia Ross appeared before Pinal County’s supervisors one last time, she had already sold her house. The elections director just needed the supervisors to vote “yes” on Nov. 21, finalizing the November election, and she would be on her way to retirement. “I stand by the results,” she assured them. A lot […]

Hobbs and Fontes call for sanctions, accuses Lake of continually changing arguments

BY: - April 14, 2023

Gov. Katie Hobbs and Secretary of State Adrian Fontes want the Arizona Supreme Court to sanction Kari Lake for peddling “frivolous conspiracy theories” in Arizona courts, while Lake keeps asking the court to reconsider her arguments that it has already dismissed.  “In the months since the election, Kari Lake has baselessly and relentlessly contested her […]

Mark Lamb

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb enters U.S. Senate race to challenge Kyrsten Sinema

BY: - April 11, 2023

Republican Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb announced Tuesday he is running for U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kyrsten Sinema.  Lamb is the first Republican to enter the 2024 contest, but is unlikely to be the last. Sinema, who won in 2018 as a Democrat but last year left that party to become an independent, […]

Maricopa County election investigation: Ballots were too long, paper too heavy for printers

BY: - April 10, 2023

Ballots that were too long and paper that was too heavy for some of Maricopa County ballot printers caused the majority of Election Day tabulation problems on Nov. 8, 2022, according to a report by a team of independent investigators the county hired to get to the bottom of the Election Day chaos.  The ballot-printing […]

Lake: Don’t sanction me because I believe my fact-free claims

BY: - April 7, 2023

Kari Lake and her lawyers are asking the Arizona Supreme Court not to sanction them for their election challenge case because Lake “honestly believes that electoral misconduct and illegal votes determined the outcome of the 2022 gubernatorial election.” The Supreme Court invited the defendants in Lake’s case, Gov. Katie Hobbs and Secretary of State Adrian […]

Kari Lake

Maricopa County hired more workers and enhanced signature review training in 2022

BY: - March 31, 2023

A Maricopa County judge may soon allow Kari Lake to attempt to prove one of the most far-fetched claims she made in her lawsuit challenging her November loss against Gov. Katie Hobbs: That bad actors forged signatures on tens of thousands of mail-in ballot envelopes, and the county failed to follow state law when approving […]

Mark Finchem

Fontes asks court to order Finchem to pay $75,000 for bringing ‘groundless’ election challenge

BY: - March 28, 2023

Secretary of State Adrian Fontes wants Mark Finchem, the Republican Fontes defeated in last year’s election, to pay nearly $75,000 in attorney’s fees for filing what a judge said was a “groundless” lawsuit to overturn the election. Finchem lost by more than 120,000 votes, but still filed an election contest in which the conspiracy-friendly former […]

An Arizona veteran’s ballot rejection story went viral. Here’s what really happened.

BY: - March 27, 2023

It was an alarming claim that didn’t take long to go viral: Maricopa County had incorrectly rejected a ballot from an Arizona veteran in the November election, disenfranchising him. Nearly a half million people saw the initial tweet by Abe Hamadeh, who narrowly lost his bid for attorney general last year and is still contesting […]

Supreme Court dismisses all but one of Kari Lake’s election claims

BY: - March 22, 2023

The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected six of the seven claims that failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake made in her bid to have the court overturn her election loss. The court remanded the remaining claim, regarding signature verification in Maricopa County, back to the trial court for reconsideration.  Lake, the Donald Trump-endorsed standard-bearer for the […]

Claiming a First Amendment right to anonymity, lawsuit aims to strike down ‘dark money’ prop

BY: - March 17, 2023

A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday aims to declare the anti-dark money ballot measure that Arizona voters approved last year unconstitutional on grounds that political donors have a First Amendment right to do so anonymously, among other claims.  Voters widely approved Proposition 211 last year, with more than 70% of voters choosing to require […]