Kari Lake May Face Felony Charges After Criminal Referral From Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes issued a criminal referral against Kari Lake to Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes asking the AG to investigate Lake for potential violations of state law after Lake posted voter signatures online.

Lake lost Arizona’s gubernatorial race to Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs by over 17,000 votes. She filed a lawsuit protesting the election but it was dismissed.

Judge Peter Thompson said Lake’s legal team did not provide clear evidence of election workers intentionally interrupting the vote as a reason to dismiss the case.

The criminal referral says: “The protections afforded by this subsection prohibit posting any information derived from voter registration forms or precinct registers to the internet, and under no circumstance may a person other than the voter or [a] statutorily authorized person reproduce a voter’s signature.”

According to Newsweek:

“As Fontes noted, violation of this law is a class 6 felony. According to the law firm AZ Defenders, a class 6 is the least severe in Arizona, and penalties can include fines, probation or a prison sentence from four months to 5 3/4 years.

“A criminal referral, however, does not mean that Lake will be investigated by Mayes for the potential violation.”

According to CNN:

“The request by Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a Democrat elected to the office last November, comes after Lake posted a tweet on January 23 that made an unfounded claim that 40,000 ballots didn’t match voter signatures that the state has on record. Lake posted a graphic that showed 16 voter signatures, alleging that they didn’t match with what Arizona has on file.

“In a letter to Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, Fontes requested “appropriate enforcement action against Kari Lake” for publishing those 16 voter signatures. 

“Fontes cites a state law that prohibits reproducing voter signatures other than the voter or a legally authorized person. Fontes’ letter states that violation of that law is a felony.”