Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has made a startling claim that those who oppose her politically are trying to arrest her. Lake has accused her political opponents of targeting her for exposing what she says is election fraud in her state.
In a fundraising note, Lake warned her supporters that “The establishment wants to ARREST ME for exposing fraud in the 2022 Election.” She also made the same claim in a tweet last month which contained headlines from various online news sources indicating that she could be indicted.
Lake’s claims come after the Arizona Supreme Court revived a claim that was dismissed by a trial court regarding the signature verification process in Maricopa County.
In an order last Wednesday, the court said a lower court erroneously dismissed Lake’s claim challenging the application of signature verification procedures on early ballots in Maricopa County.
In her challenge, Lake focused on problems with ballot printers at some polling places in Maricopa County, home to more than 60% of the state’s voters. She alleged that the ballot printer problem were the result of intentional misconduct.
The Arizona Court of Appeals rejected Lake’s assertions in mid-February, concluding that she presented no evidence that voters whose ballots were unreadable by tabulators at polling places were not able to vote.
The appeals court noted that even a witness called to testify on Lake’s behalf confirmed ballots that couldn’t initially be read at polling places may ultimately have been counted.
Lake has been politically active, attending events, speaking with voters in several states, and attending Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate a few times in recent months. Her name has been mentioned as former President Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate.
As the legal battle over the 2022 Election continues, Lake remains defiant, saying, “I will never, ever back down. Try me.”