Arizona Supreme Court Postpones Release of Election Audit Records


NS Arizona The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a Republican-led state Senate hired a contractor to run Maricopa County. 2020 elections Audits don’t have to release records from reviews by next week.

This is only a temporary delay, as state high court judge Catherine King has withheld a lower court ruling ordering a document published by August 31 during the proceedings of the case.

Watchdog group to the left American surveillance Brought the record request to court and won August 19 When the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Cyber ​​Ninja, a Florida-based company that led the audit, it was a core government function and had to be documented by the end of the month, so the state’s official record. It became the subject of the law.

Arizona Senator Karen Fann argued that records should not be made public because they are maintained by private contractors. Therefore, the document is subject to legal disclaimer. declare Her intention to appeal to the State Supreme Court.

“The court was ordered to extend the stay so that it could fully consider the issues raised in the petition for review, but this order reviewed the documents that the petitioner had already agreed to prepare and examined. There is no exemption from continuing to create, “King wrote. Tuesday.

Hearing schedule September 14th.

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The American Oversight proceedings are not the only ones that have been leveled against the Arizona Senate. The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper sued the Chamber of Commerce and Cyber ​​Ninja on June 30 for access to a number of audit records under the same public record law.

After a court battle with the county, the audit Late april..Published by Senate Republicans of Arizona Some subpoenas It will be sent to Maricopa County for access to ballots, related documents, and other equipment such as voting machines used in the county, which were cast in the 2020 elections.

Auditor is now Preparation A draft report of the State Senate that evaluates the final product before it is released to the public.

However, after Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber ​​Ninjas, and at least two other members of the audit team tested positive for COVID-19, he became “quite ill” and the entire draft report was initially expected. The process failed because it was not prepared as expected.Week, fan Said on Monday.

“In addition to the illness, the Senate received ballot images from Maricopa County by Thursday and hopes to analyze them as soon as possible to incorporate those results into the final report,” Fan said. He said.

Fans added that the Senate legal team is ready to meet Wednesday to review the draft report.

Audits have been heavily criticized primarily by Republican county officials and others. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Who cast the audit “Political stunts “Challenges the integrity of the election.

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Former president Donald Trump And his allies backed audits as a means of proving widespread fraud allegations in the state lost in 2020, fans Insisted Auditing aims to “regain confidence in the system and impact potential changes in law.”

The Washington Examiner contacted the Arizona Supreme Court and the American coach, but did not receive an immediate response.

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Original author: Kaelan Deese

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