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8th Suit Over Presidential Election Results In Arizona Fails

A Pinal County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to decertify Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Arizona. That marks the failure of the eighth case that challenged the presidential election results in the state.

Judge Kevin White concluded Staci Burk wasn’t a registered voter at the time that she filed her lawsuit and made her legal challenge after the five-day period for contesting election results had passed.

The decision came a day after Arizona’s 11 Electoral College members cast their votes for Biden, who won the state over Republican President Donald Trump by more than 10,000 votes.

Staci Burk, a Pinal County resident, brought forward the case without participating in the 2020 presidential election — or even being registered to vote. She said that since she was eligible to vote, she could still file a lawsuit.

Roopali Desai represents Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. She argued that state law requires a person to be registered to file an election result lawsuit. And Desai expressed concern about the look of this complaint.

"The harm that is done to the integrity of the election and to the voters in Arizona by having cases like this continue without any basis, without any merit, is significant," Desai said. 

Burk’s allegations included those previously dismissed in other courts as well as an unsubstantiated claim that illegal ballots were brought in through Sky Harbor Airport and inserted into the Maricopa County election system.

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.