Kari Lake criticized officials in Arizona on Monday for the “most chaotic” election in the state’s history, when it emerged that a senior figure had been moved to a secret location after receiving threats.
Lake, the Republican candidate for governor, vowed to keep fighting after media organizations called the race last week for her Democratic opponent.
Over the weekend, it emerged that the state attorney general’s office was demanding explanations for a series of irregularities before the results could be certified.
‘Forty days ago, the Arizona election officially began as ballots were mailed out to our entire state. Election Day was 13 days ago,” Lake said in a video message, in which he highlighted that state’s largest county.
‘And Maricopa County is still counting the ballots.
“Printer problems, tabulation errors, lines lasting three hours and longer, and confusing instructions from election officials made this the most chaotic election day in Arizona history.”
Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake vowed to keep fighting in the latest of her videos, while criticizing Maricopa County for holding the election.
On Monday, CNN reported that Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates was moved to an undisclosed location on Election Day due to fears for his safety.
Lake’s team has been posting videos of supporters saying they got into trouble on Election Day and then found their vote hadn’t been counted, according to the county website.
She has refused to concede defeat, in line with a campaign run on claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.
Arizona was at the center of conspiracy theories when Trump narrowly lost the state 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 flown to an undisclosed location on Election Day out of fear for his safety.
Meanwhile, with more than 95 percent of the votes counted, Lake trails Democrat Katie Hobbs by 17,000 votes.
Poll workers open mail-in ballots at the Maricopa County Voting and Tabulation Center on November 11, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona
Trump held a rally for Lake in October. He has praised the way she has tackled the issue of voter fraud to take on Democrats in Arizona during a very close race.
On Saturday, Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright wrote to one of the county’s top elections officials detailing reports of a range of irregularities, from printer problems that prevented ballots from being tabulated, to confusion over procedures for transferring to voters to alternative sites if they could not vote at the first location.
Lake’s fraud claims have been consistently characterized by opponents as baseless, and his supporters have yet to come up with irrefutable proof.
Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright on Saturday called for an explanation for a series of Election Day issues.
But in his letter, Wright says, “These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns about Maricopa’s legal compliance with Arizona election law.”
Lake tapped into that in his video message.
“The 2022 general election in Arizona was botched and broken beyond repair,” he said.
‘Fortunately, the Attorney General’s Office is demanding answers from Maricopa County.
‘Attorney General Mark Brnovich is taking the first steps necessary to remedy this attack on our democracy. This is not about Republicans or Democrats. It is about our sacred right to vote, a right that many voters were sadly deprived of on November 8th.
‘Tens of thousands of you have begged me to fight this fight.
Rest assured I will.
Maricopa County spokesman Jason Berry told CNN 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 social media threat. .
“The president has said before that the environment we’re in, where people are spreading misinformation, certainly hasn’t helped, and we’ve seen it in the last two years, not just this election, 2020 and then 2021 with the audit ,’ he said.
“So I think, unfortunately, this has been where we’ve been for a couple of years and it’s kind of an ebb and flow.”
Lake, as well as the Republican nominee for Senate, attorney general and secretary of state, put 2020 voter fraud at the center of their campaigns.