Adrian Fontes asks attorney general to investigate Kari Lake for posting voter signatures online

Secretary of State Adrian Fonte

By Stacey Barchenger and Richard Ruelas || The Arizona Republic

Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes has called for an investigation of former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake after she posted online what appear to be signatures of more than a dozen Arizona voters.

Fontes on Monday asked Attorney General Kris Mayes, also a Democrat, to “investigate and take appropriate enforcement action” against Lake for her Jan. 23 Twitter post that included a graphic with 16 signatures from voters, most of which are dated in 2020.

Richie Taylor, a spokesperson for Mayes, confirmed the letter was received but declined further comment.

The image in Lake’s post places many of the signatures side by side, suggesting that because they do not match, they were evidence of ballots that were illegally counted. Fontes says the use of those signatures may violate state law.

The letter cites Arizona law that details in what circumstances voter information can be released. It says “nothing in this section shall preclude public inspection of voter registration records at the office of the county recorder for the purposes prescribed by this section, except that … records containing a voter’s signature and a voter’s e-mail address shall not be accessible or reproduced by any person other than the voter.”


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January 2023