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The GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem attempted to block two Arizona counties from using electronic devices to cast or count votes.
The two counties named in the case were Maricopa and Pima counties. The case was thrown out in August by an Obama appointee U.S. District Judge John Tuchi of the District of Arizona.
Tuchi referred to the case as “frivolous and baseless” and then moved to fine the attorneys representing both parties.
“Imposing sanctions, in this case, is not to ignore the importance of putting in place procedures to ensure that our elections are secure and reliable,” Tuchi wrote in his order. “It is to make clear that the Court will not condone litigants ignoring the steps that Arizona has already taken toward this end and furthering false narratives that baselessly undermine public trust at a time of increasing disinformation about, and distrust in, the democratic process.
“It is to send a message to those who might file similarly baseless suits in the future,” Tuchi’s order continued.
In speaking to the media, Lake’s campaign spokesperson said, “This case is not about money or gain. It was essentially a public interest lawsuit seeking electoral integrity.”
After the debacle in Maricopa County in the 2020 Presidential election, it was only natural to be concerned about the voting machines.
“It is very, very rare to sanction a party in public interest suits. All in all, this reads like an angry Obama appointee who wants to send a message. The message is if you lose, shut up and don’t come to court. The message is not that you lost a case or acted in bad faith,” the spokesperson added.
Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor emeritus, was one of the attorneys involved in the case representing Lake and Finchem.
He was contacted by The Law & Crime Network about the case and he stated that he got involved because he supports election integrity.
Dershowitz explained, “I have not challenged the results of any Arizona elections. I have given legal advice about the future use of machine counting by companies that refuse to disclose the inner workings of their machines. I support transparency in elections,” he said.
It should not be a partisan issue. How can we go on as a country when both sides are losing faith in our elections?
Kari Lake responded to the judge’s orders in an appearance on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.
“This is not about me. I’ve said this all along; I’m just one voter, but I care deeply about Arizona. It is not fun to be in the middle of this,” Lake said. “But we have no other choice. I have no other choice but to stand up and fight right now for the people of Arizona. If I don’t, who will?”
Lake said that the lawsuit was an effort to seek election integrity, not money or other gains. She also rejects the judge’s assessment that they acted in bad faith.