Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson issued a ruling Thursday that approved three of Lake’s four demands for inspecting random ballots from the county.
The three types of ballots Thompson approved Lake’s team to review included 50 random “ballot-on-demand” printed ballots that were cast on Election Day, 50 random early ballots cast from “six separate Maricopa County batches,” and 50 random ballot-on-demand printed ballots that were marked as spoiled. Lake’s request to inspect 50 random early ballots from ballot envelopes was denied due to state law, per the judge.
Thompson ordered Lake’s team had until Friday, “December 15, 2022,” an apparent error in the date, at noon MST to submit a ballot inspector, who will be able to inspect the ballots beginning at 8 a.m. MST on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
The judge also specified that the inspection must be conducted in a manner that “does not in any way interfere with any ongoing recount of the 2022 election results.”
Lake’s campaign celebrated the ruling on Twitter, saying, “These ballots deserve close scrutiny and we’re delighted we have been granted it.”
Our lawsuit isn’t based on conspiracy or wild speculation.
We have laid out a very clear theory about statutory violations and a broken chain of custody.
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) December 16, 2022
Lake filed her election challenge last week, claiming that “if the process was illegitimate then so are the results.” She has not conceded to her opponent in the race, Democrat Katie Hobbs, who was certified the winner of the race last week.
In the 2022 gubernatorial race in the Grand Canyon State, Hobbs narrowly beat Lake by roughly 17,000 votes, or just over half a percentage point.