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Democrats Lose Major Battle In Election Audit War

A Democrat-appointed judge issued a ruling in favor of the GOP on Wednesday, allowing the election audit to go forward against Democrats’ requests.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin swiped away Democrats’ restraining order targeted at stopping the audit of more than 2 million election ballots, The AP reported, saying that Judge Martin ruled there was not evidence to show that voters would be harmed by the audit procedures.

The Arizona Democrats and Maricopa County Official Steve Gallego attempted to stop the audit by issuing an emergency restraining order last week, one day before the count was scheduled to start.

The lawsuit accused GOP Senate President Karen Fann and another Republican senator of promising a judge that they would guard the privacy of voters. The lawsuit also says that Senator Warren Peterson and Fann’s promises were fake because they outsourced the recount to a third party with bias.

The temporary stop failed on Friday, after the Arizona Democrats said it would not give the $1 million bond the judge asked for to pay for any expenses that the Senate incurred because of the halt.

Judge Martin also ruled that Cyber Ninjas, the third party company performing the audit, must make their process public.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ team was also granted the right to inspect the audit.

Author: Scott Dowdy

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