Kari Lake on Wednesday named several Maricopa County officials in a lawsuit seeking access to 2022 election records.
Several of those named in his lawsuit are Republican county leaders.
Lake, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump, ran for governor of Arizona this election cycle. She has yet to concede the race, which was called for Democrat Katie Hobbs last week. Arizona’s incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey has already met with Hobbs as she prepares to become the state’s new governor in January.
Lake has repeatedly questioned the integrity of this year’s midterm elections in Arizona. She told supporters earlier this week that she intended to “keep fighting” against the results of what she described as a “botched” election. She alleged that problems with voting machines and long waits to vote in person “discriminate against people who chose to vote on Election Day.”
On Wednesday, Lake’s political committee, Kari Lake for Arizona, filed a lawsuit “to compel the prompt production of public records pursuant to Arizona’s public records law,” court documents showed. She alleged that “many ‘people in Arizona’ may not have been able to vote”, citing “examples of improperly printed ballots, the mixing of counted and uncounted ballots, and long lines of discouraging people from voting” as examples.
Lake’s lawsuit calls for the release of county election records. Two public records requests Lake’s team previously filed that requested the documents were “unlawfully denied,” according to the complaint. Lake’s political committee further said it “cannot determine that every legal vote will be counted” without having access to records showing how county officials conducted the election.
“We need information from Maricopa County,” Lake told Steve Bannon during a Wednesday appearance on Bannon’s Crisis unit, during which Lake discussed the lawsuit. “They staged the most botched election in history, and we want information.”
Lake’s lawsuit names Maricopa County and eight county officials as defendants in the suit. The first individual named in the lawsuit is Stephen Richer, who is the Maricopa County Recorder and a member of the Republican Party. Richer formed a political action committee called the Pro-Democracy Republicans PAC last fall, which said on its website that the time had come for Republicans to “accept and acknowledge” that Trump had lost the 2020 presidential election. The PAC says it was started “to support pro-democracy Republicans in Arizona.”
Lake criticized Richer for his PAC in a tweet on Wednesday.
“The man responsible for Maricopa Co’s disastrous election is Stephen Richer,” Lake’s tweet read. “He ran an anti-Kari Lake PAC.”
Lake linked his tweet to an article by The Arizona Sun, which reports that Richer’s PAC has received money from donors who support Democratic candidates. She also asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Richer and his PAC.
In addition to Richer, Lake’s lawsuit names as co-defendants Rey Valenzuela, Maricopa County’s Chief Electoral Officer for Election Services and Early Voting, and Scott Jarrett, the county’s Chief Electoral Officer for Election Day and Early Voting. emergency vote. The five people who were elected to serve on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are also listed as defendants: Chairman Bill Gates, Vice Chairman Clint Hickman and Supervisors Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin and Steve Gallardo. Gates, Hickman, Sellers and Galvin are all Republicans.
Newsweek contacted county officials for comment.