May 17, 2024


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Judge to pause Arizona Senate audit of Maricopa County election if Democrats post 1 Million Dollar bond.

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So wonder what the Democrat’s are trying to hide?

Democrats who sued to block the review did not immediately say whether they’d put up the money. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury said all auditing activities should be stopped between 5 p.m. Friday and noon Monday, saying he wants to know safeguards are in place before deciding next week whether the auditors are operating legally.

A lawyer for the Senate, Kory Langhofer, had asked that any halt be delayed so he could immediately appeal.

Roopali Desai, the attorney representing the Democrats, said the Senate had outsourced the audit to Cyber Ninjas and the company was just making things up as they went along. She said there’s no evidence the audit was following state law on ballot secrecy or security.

“The Senate has told us that they are running this so-called audit, but they had abdicated their duty entirely to rogue actors who are making a mockery … of our election laws and our procedures,” Desai told the judge. “There’s no safeguards in place. There’s no proper training, there’s no procedures, no rules.”

Among Desai’s concerns was the use of blue pens by people counting ballots, which emerged as the recount was set to begin Friday. Election officials ban black and blue pens from ballot counting rooms because those colors can be read by machines and voters are instructed to use them.

Coury said he doesn’t want to micromanage another branch of government, but the court must protect the constitutional rights of voters.

“Let me be very clear — the audit will proceed,” Coury said. “I am putting a very temporary halt to it.”

The Arizona Democratic Party and the lone Democrat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors filed suit on Thursday saying Senate GOP leaders are failing to uphold their promises to maintain ballot secrecy and voter privacy. Those assurances were given by Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen earlier this year when a judge ordered the county to hand over all 2.1 million ballots and the machines used to count them.

It seems as if the Democrat(s) are afraid of something being discovered, otherwise, what is the harm in the audit?

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