Kari Lake Trial Testimony Reveals What Election Officials Did After Verifiers Were Sent Home Early

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Arizona Republican Kari Lake came out swinging on Day 1 of her lawsuit challenging the outcome of the 2022 gubernatorial election that was called for Democrat Katie Hobbs.

On Wednesday, whistleblowers questioned by Lake’s attorney, Kurt Olsen, recounted alarming irregularities in the signature verification process for mail-in ballots in Maricopa County that, if true, compromised election integrity.

Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metro area, represents 60 percent of Arizona’s registered voters.

One whistleblower — identified by the Arizona Republic as Jacqueline Onigkeit — testified that signature verifiers were sent home early without explanation and vote-counting was then moved to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, where the signature review process was done without designated signature verifiers present.

“Were you told why the normal Level 1 reviewers were told to go home after 7 p.m. and the signature review function was performed at the county recorder’s office?” Olsen asked the witness.

“No. We just — we thought it was odd,” the witness said.

“Why did you think it was odd?” Lake’s attorney asked.

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