Arizona’s elections director has asked the state’s attorney general to investigate Republican Kari Lake, who lost her 2022 gubernatorial bid, for violating state law by publishing voter signatures on her Twitter account.
The request by Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a Democrat who was elected to the office last November, comes after Lake Lake sent a tweet on January 23 that falsely claimed that 40,000 votes did not match the signatures of voters registered by the state. Lake Lake posted a photo showing 16 voter signatures, saying it didn’t match what Arizona had on file.
In a letter to Arizona State Attorney Kris Mayes, Fontes requested “appropriate action be taken against Kari Lake” for publishing those 16 signatures. Fontes cited a state law that prohibits the reproduction of voter signatures except by the voter or an authorized person. Fontes’ letter says that violating the law is a crime.
The office of Mayes, a Democrat up for re-election in 2022, confirmed receiving the letter but did not respond.
Spokespeople for Lake did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Lake lost the gubernatorial race to Democrat Katie Hobbs last November by more than 17,000 votes. Since the loss, Nyanja has continued to issue rulings that have been in the right-wing media and pursued court procedures, legal efforts that have continued to fail.