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Kari Lake continues to not concede in Arizona governor’s race

Kari Lake, who recently lost her Republican bid for Governor of Arizona, continues to not concede. The move comes as no surprise to many, as Lake has argued the legitimacy of the election since before the results were even announced.

How this Happened

Lake, who was backed by Donald Trump, visited the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Thursday, according to a representative for her campaign who talked to The Associated Press. The Washington Post first reported that she attended a luncheon hosted by the America First Policy Institute, a lobbying organization founded by former Trump advisors.

Lake’s most significant public remarks since losing the race were a 2-and-a-half-minute video in which she did not mention giving up. Before the election, she had refused to state that she would concede if she lost to Katie Hobbs, the Democrat.

Lake said, “Rest assured I have collected the strongest and brightest legal team, and we are pursuing every option to remedy the numerous wrongs that have been committed over the last week.” I am doing all in my ability to rectify these injustices.

She cited lengthy lineups at several voting locations that were compounded by malfunctioning ballot printers at almost one-third of the polling locations in Maricopa County, the biggest county in the state. She said that the issues disadvantaged voters who were unable to wait in line at the polls.

“What occurred on Election Day in Arizona is terrible,” she stated. Kari Lake continues to refuse to concede, despite mounting pressure.

All votes were tallied, according to county election authorities, and voters may cast their ballots at any polling location in the county, with wait times displayed online.

The difficulties were linked to a printer setting that sometimes caused ballots to be printed too faintly for the on-site tabulators to read. According to them, they used identical settings for both the August primary and pre-election testing, and there were no significant concerns.

Approximately 17,000 ballots were not scanned by precinct-based vote counters but instead were deposited in a collecting box to be tallied by more advanced technology at the county election headquarters. The donation box is now referred to as “box three.”

Why Kari Lake Won’t Concede

Bill Gates, the Republican head of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, has accused state GOP chair Kelli Ward and other prominent Republicans of creating delays and lengthy lineups by instructing their followers not to utilize box three.

“We have taken our duty as a team,” Gates said on Monday. “However, I am unwilling to assume responsibility for problems produced by others. And it is evident to me that these lines were longer due to the dissemination of false information by leaders of one political party.”

Due of the problems, Republicans sought a court to extend polling place hours. The court denied their request, stating that there was no proof that anybody was disenfranchised.

Democrats voted in a resounding majority through mail-in votes. Personal votes on Election Day benefitted the GOP significantly because Lake and other prominent Republicans felt it was more secure, a notion that election experts deny.

Since The Associated Press and other news organizations declared Hobbs the winner on Monday, Lake has said nothing. She uploaded a video using campaign trail footage paired to the lines “I won’t back down” late on Wednesday.

Thursday’s video argued that Hobbs, the current secretary of state, should have recused herself from all election-related activities. The secretary of state establishes election protocols and approves voting equipment, but her office does not count votes; instead, the state’s 15 counties are responsible for this responsibility.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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