High Arizona election official requests probe of Kari Lake over potential marketing campaign violation

Arizona’s prime election official is requesting an investigation into Kari Lake, the Trump-backed GOP candidate who misplaced her marketing campaign for governor in November, for a possible marketing campaign violation over the disclosure of voter signatures.

In a letter dated Monday, Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes asks state Lawyer Common Kris Mayes to analyze and “take applicable enforcement motion” in opposition to Lake for potential violations of state legislation, citing a tweet Lake posted final week that reinforces false claims of election fraud within the governor’s race.

Fontes factors to “a graphic containing photographs of sixteen voter signatures” in Lake’s tweet, which he argued violates state legislation that prohibits a voter’s signature from being “accessible or reproduced by any particular person aside from the voter.”

The Washington Put up first reported the letter, which Mayes’ workplace shared with NBC Information with out offering additional remark. Lake didn’t instantly reply to NBC Information’ request for remark.

Lake has repeatedly boosted unsubstantiated claims of election fraud within the 2020 and 2022 elections. In a tweet posted Jan. 23, Lake claimed that 40,000 ballots didn’t match voter signatures in Arizona’s information. The tweet features a graphic displaying 16 voter signatures.

“I believe all of the ‘Election Deniers’ on the market deserve an apology,” Lake tweeted.

Regardless of Lake’s loss in Arizona’s race for governor to then-Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in November, Lake has made a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to overturn her defeat. Lake misplaced to Hobbs by greater than 17,000 votes.

Final month, a decide threw out Lake’s problem to her defeat, rejecting her claims of misconduct with poll printers and issues with poll chain of custody.

The Arizona Supreme Court docket final week additionally rejected Lake’s second request that it assessment her problem of the outcomes of the 2022 election. An appeals court docket is about to have a listening to later this week.

Throughout a “Save Arizona Rally” on Sunday night, Lake maintained that she is the rightful governor and that Hobbs is a “squatter within the governor’s workplace.”

Trump additionally known as into the rally to voice his continued help of Lake. “Finally, she’s going to be victorious,” the previous president informed the group.

Vaughn Hillyard contributed.

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