The highest election official in Arizona has requested the state’s lawyer common to research Republican Kari Lake, who misplaced her 2022 gubernatorial bid, for probably violating state regulation by publishing voter signatures on her Twitter account.
The request by Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a Democrat elected to the workplace final November, comes after Lake posted a tweet on January 23 that made an unfounded declare that 40,000 ballots didn’t match voter signatures that the state has on document. Lake posted a graphic that confirmed 16 voter signatures, alleging that they didn’t match with what Arizona has on file.
In a letter to Arizona Lawyer Normal Kris Mayes, Fontes requested “acceptable enforcement motion in opposition to Kari Lake” for publishing these 16 voter signatures. Fontes cites a state regulation that prohibits reproducing voter signatures aside from the voter or a legally licensed particular person. Fontes’ letter states that violation of that regulation is a felony.
The workplace for Mayes, a Democrat who additionally was elected in 2022, confirmed receiving the letter however didn’t remark any additional.
Lake’s spokespeople didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.
Lake misplaced the race for governor to Democrat Katie Hobbs final November by greater than 17,000 votes. Since dropping, Lake has continued to spout election lies on right-wing media and pursue authorized treatment within the courts, efforts which have continued to fail. Lake has appealed a choice by an Arizona decide who present in December there was no clear or convincing proof of misconduct within the 2022 election and affirmed Hobbs’ victory.
Lake has been making false claims about election fraud on Twitter and in appearances on right-wing media since dropping in November. She held a “Save Arizona Rally” in Scottsdale on Sunday wherein she repeated lies in regards to the election and promoted conspiracy theories in regards to the election.
Former President Donald Trump known as into her rally and affirmed her election lies, saying, “It’s a disgrace what occurred” in November and that he believed “in the end she’s going to be victorious.” Trump continues to disclaim the end result of the 2020 presidential election that he misplaced and has launched a 3rd marketing campaign for president.
The Republican candidates in Arizona for senate, governor, lawyer common and secretary of state all made Trump’s election lies a central a part of their campaigns and all misplaced their races in November.