The Washington Examiner reports that a judge has just granted Kari Lake's request to inspect some ballots from the recently-held midterm elections.
In those midterm elections, Lake, a Trump-endorsed Republican, faced off against Democrat Katie Hobbs for Arizona's governorship. Hobbs beat Lake by about 17,000 votes - 1,287,891 to 1,270,774 - which is about half a percentage point.
Hobbs has been certified the winner of the race. But Lake has still not conceded.
Instead, Lake has filed a 70-page lawsuit in the Superior Court for the State of Arizona challenging the results of the election. Lake, according to the Washington Times, alleges that there were thousands of illegal votes and "violations" in the election, enough illegal votes and "violations" to give Hobbs the victory.
The Washington Examiner previously reported:
[The lawsuit] lists Hobbs, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, Bill Gates, and others as defendants. [Lake] is also demanding that Hobbs, the secretary of state, be recused from overseeing the review of the election.
Lake, at the time, tweeted, "if the process was illegitimate then so are the results. Stay tuned, folks." She added, "furthermore, if the process was legitimate then so are the results. Let's find out."
As part of this effort, Lake has requested permission to inspect randomly selected ballots from the midterm elections. Lake made four different requests here.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson has now approved three of the four requests.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The three types of ballots Thompson approved Lake's team to review included 50 random "ballot-on-demand" printed ballots that were cast on Election Day, 50 random early ballots cast from "six separate Maricopa County batches," and 50 random ballot-on-demand printed ballots that were marked as spoiled.
Thompson, however, according to the Examiner, denied, on state law grounds, "lake's request to inspect 50 random early ballots from ballot envelopes."
Thompson did place some conditions on the approved inspections.
Thompson said that Lake's inspection of the ballots cannot "interfere with any ongoing recount of the 2022 election results." And he said that there could be no copying or photographing of the ballots.
Lake's campaign put out a statement in celebration of the ruling. It reads:
Our lawsuit isn’t based on conspiracy or wild speculation. We have laid out a very clear theory about statutory violations and a broken chain of custody. These ballots deserve close scrutiny and we’re delighted we have been granted it.
The inspection is now scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8 a.m.