Kari Lake tears into Maricopa County for taking 13 days to count ballots as she continues fighting governor race loss – as top election official is moved to a secret location because of death threats
- Kari Lake is refusing to concede in the race to become governor of Arizona
- On Monday she released another video promising to fight on
- Last week the Associated Press called the race for Democrat Katie Hobbs
- She said election day was ‘the most chaotic in Arizona’s history’
- Meanwhile it emerged that a top election official had been moved to secret location for his own safety
Lake, the Republican candidate for governor, has vowed to fight on after media organizations called the race last week for her Democratic opponent.
At the weekend, it emerged that the state’s attorney general’s office was demanding explanations for a string of irregularities before the results can be certified.
‘Forty days ago elections in Arizona officially started when mail in ballots were sent out across our state. Election Day was 13 days ago,’ said Lake in a video message, in which she singled out that state’s biggest county.
‘And Maricopa County is still counting ballots.
‘Printer problems, tabulation errors, three-hour long lines and even longer, and confusing instructions given by election officials made this election day the most chaotic in Arizona’s history.’
Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake promised to fight on in the latest of her videos, as she blasted Maricopa County for the running of the election
On Monday, CNN reported that Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates was moved to an undisclosed location on Election Day because of fears for his safety
Lake’s team has been posting videos of supporters who say they had problems on election day and later discovered their vote had not been counted, according to the county website.
She has refused to concede defeat, in line with a campaign waged on claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.
Arizona was the center of conspiracy theories when Trump lost the state narrowly to Biden, the first Republican presidential candidate to lose Arizona since 1996.
On Monday, CNN reported that Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates was moved to an undisclosed location on Election Day because of fears for his safety.
In the meantime, with more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Lake is 17,000 votes behind Democrat Katie Hobbs.
Election workers open mail in ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on November 11, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona
Trump held a rally for Lake in October. He has praised the way she has hammered the issue of election fraud to take on Democrats in Arizona during a hard-fought race
On Saturday, Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright wrote to one of the county’s top election officials detailing reports of a string of irregularities from printer problems that stopped ballots being tabulated, to confusion about procedures for transferring voters to alternate sites if they were unable to vote at the first location.
Lake’s claims of fraud have consistently been characterized by opponents as unfounded, and her supporters have yet to produce a smoking gun.
Arizona’s Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright on Saturday asked for explanations for a string of election day problems
But in her letter, Wright says: ‘These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law.’
Lake seized on that in her video message.
‘The 2022 general election in Arizona was botched and broken beyond repair,’ she said.
‘Thankfully, the Attorney General’s Office is demanding answers from Maricopa County.
‘Attorney General Mark Brnovich is taking the first steps necessary to remedy this assault on our democracy. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. This is about our sacred right to vote a right that many voters were sadly deprived of on November 8.
‘Tens of thousands of you have reached out pleading with me to fight this fight.
‘Rest assured I will.’
Maricopa County spokesperson Jason Berry told CNN that Gates was taken to an undisclosed location on Election Day for one night, when he was under the protection of the sheriff’s office following a threat made on social media.
‘The chairman has said before that the environment that we’re in, where people are spreading misinformation, certainly has not helped, and we’ve seen that over the last two years, not just this election, 2020 and then 2021 with the audit,’ he said.
‘So I think that, unfortunately, this has sort of been where we’ve been at for a couple years and it sort of ebbs and flows.’
Lake, as well as the Republican candidate for Senate, for attorney general, and secretary of state, all put 2020 election fraud at the heart of their campaigns.