Kari Lake’s legal team hit the ground running, producing bombshell testimony and video evidence in just the first of their three-day election integrity trial. Many shocking revelations are coming out of the trial that may be all that’s needed to see justice finally come to Kari Lake.
– Arizona Supreme Court rules that Kari Lake’s claim challenging faulty signature verification procedures on early ballots was erroneously dismissed.
– Surveillance video shows poll workers handling ballots at vastly different speeds, suggesting inadequate verification
– Strong evidence presented on the first day of the signature verification trial shows the potential invalidation of the election
The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that the Maricopa County trial court erroneously dismissed Kari Lake’s claim challenging what they charged were faulty and absent signature verification procedures on early ballots. This was key because Kari Lake’s team has eyewitnesses who are testifying that Maricopa County election officials permitted the counting of tens of thousands of mail-in and Dropbox ballots that did not satisfy signature verification requirements, including allowing “tens of thousands of ballots with signature mismatches.”
Kari got her day in court, and she did not disappoint. A bombshell testimony has been revealed from the whistleblower.
🚨298,000 ballots in 36 hours?🚨
Whistleblower: "We really didn't start to see any of the election night data until Wednesday afternoon. And then by Friday, it was done. All 298,000. We were done with them is what we were told.
Which made no sense if we could only do 60,000 or… pic.twitter.com/Vu47GDNxXB
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) May 17, 2023
According to eyewitness testimony, nearly 300,000 mail-in ballots were processed in 36 hours even though it takes 24 hours to process 60,000. In other words, signature verification of over 298 thousand ballots in 36 hours is impossible. Then Kari Lake’s legal team played for the court surveillance video where you can see one poll worker scrolling through ballots next to another one doing the same. One worker is zipping through them at an extremely fast pace compared with the other worker who’s doing his job. This person ended up ‘verifying’ upwards of nearly 30,000 signatures. There was also testimony from the Maricopa Director of Elections that a man in the video who was running through the signature verification process had to be removed from the process because of his poor job performance
Maricopa Director of Elections concedes the man in the video, who appears to making a speed run through the signature verification process, had to be removed from the process due to poor job performance & potentially "a lack of skill with technology."
Was his poor work redone?… pic.twitter.com/8ZyX2meL9o
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) May 17, 2023
Here’s how Kari Lake’s team summed up their findings.
Kari’s attorney Kurt Olsen: “Maricopa’s log file data shows that 11 of these signature verification workers approved 170K signatures at a rate of between 0 and 2.99 seconds with a 99.97% approval rate. That’s not signature review, Your Honor.” 💥 @KariLake @KariLakeWarRoom pic.twitter.com/5XyaCKjVSn
— Patri0tsareinContr0l (@Patri0tContr0l) May 17, 2023
This isn’t a question of Maricopa County officials not doing signature verification well, it’s a matter of Maricopa County officials not doing signature verification at all. This isn’t a question of competence, it’s a question of completion. There is no verifiable way of accounting for how the signature verification process, which is required by Arizona law, was faithfully executed when nearly 300,000 ballots were supposedly verified in under 36 hours.
Maricopa County officials admitted under oath that Maricopa County did not count mail-in ballots at vote centers where they were originally dropped off, as required by Arizona law. Maricopa County officials have a count of all ballots at the processing center, but not at the original location where the ballots were dropped off. Between transporting ballots from location A, where they are originally dropped off, to location B, where they are counted, there is no chain-of-custody record. We have an accurate count of the ballots at location B, but these were ballots that were not counted at location A, so there’s no objective verification for determining whether the amount of ballots at location A is the same as in location B.
This means that the number of ballots could have been tampered with during their transportation from place A to place B. The key here for Kari Lake is she doesn’t have to show that any contamination of the ballots took place; that’s not what Arizona law requires. All the Arizona law requires is that you prove that tampering could have happened. In other words, the conditions allowed the possibility of tampering. It’s very similar to the way you guard against evidence tampering in the legal sphere. Evidence tampering can be guarded by accounting for every place the evidence has been throughout the judicial process.
It is common to require accounting and verification processes of when evidence is received, where the evidence is taken, where it’s stored, and who has access to it. At any point, if that evidence falls out of that chain of custody, and if clear accounting and verification of the chain of custody are broken, that evidence is now inadmissible. This is not because it did get tampered with, but because it could have been tampered with.
Similarly, Kari Lake’s team proved in court that at a specific point, a significant number of ballots fell outside the objectively verifiable chain of custody, and therefore they could have been tampered with. That renders them invalid. Kari Lake’s team came out with strong points and evidence on the first day of the signature verification trial. They showed a dereliction of duty, as it were, among poll workers via video, they have eyewitness testimony, and they showed that the chain of custody was broken for hundreds of thousands of ballots.
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