A judge in Arizona is allowing a recount of the 2020 presidential election ballots from Maricopa County to continue, even as Democrats escalate their campaign to suppress the work, and any results that might be found.
Breaking: Maricopa County Judge denies Democrat's request to stop the election audit. The audit continues!
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) April 28, 2021
BREAKING Maricopa County Judge Daniel Martin rejects Cyber Ninjas motion to hide policies & procedures from public and media. Expects immediate appeal of ruling. pic.twitter.com/X0qpEYWbwM
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) April 28, 2021
The Washington Examiner reported Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin also ordered that the audit policies and procedures used by Cyber Ninjas, the company hired by Senate Republicans to do the count, be public.
Arizona was one of a six states that Joe Biden won by a slim margin where lawmakers raised objections to the results, presenting evidence of vote fraud. The Senate Republicans recount was launched last week when county officials began delivering equipment that was used in the November election to the state fairgrounds, where the recount is to include all 2.1 million ballots.
The work by contractors hired by the state Senate is expected to take weeks.
State officials confirm the results won’t change the election outcome since those results already have been certified. But Republican Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate president, said, “When almost half of the voters say they lack confidence and have questions about the integrity of our system, it’s time for someone to step up and give them answers.”
Democrats have dispatched dozens of lawyers to the state to try to suppress the recount effort. The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, the sole Democrat on the board, sued last week, demanding the audit be stopped.
Attorneys for the Senate and Cyber Ninjas, the company hired to do the recount, already had obtained court permission for their efforts.
The original judge, Christopher Coury, had ordered a temporary halt last week but the Democrats refused to pay a $1 million bond so the review has continued.
The state Senate has the use of Veterans Memorial Coliseum through May 14 for the work.
But the Democrats’ campaign against another review – election officials already have said they recounted and their own results are correct – has escalated.
The Hill reported Katie Hobbs, the state secretary of state and a Democrat, charged, “A group of Republicans are (sic) continuing to try to appease their base who refuse to accept that … Trump lost Arizona and that’s he’s not the president anymore.”
She was being interviewed by CNN’s far-left host, Chris Cuomo, at the time.
According to the Hill, “Hobbs told Cuomo that her office has been working ‘with a lawsuit that’s been filed to try to address the security’s concerns at a minimum, but at this point, this seems like such a farce that it would be a good idea to stop it.'”
“We have so many concerns about this exercise,” Hobbs said. “I kind of don’t want to call it an audit. I think that’s an insult to professional auditors everywhere because they’re making this stuff up as they go along.”
The Times reported, “Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, on Friday wrote a letter to Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, citing media reports of security lapses at the audit site and calling for a probe into ‘potential violations of Arizona’s elections laws in connection with the Senate’s ‘audit’ of the Maricopa County election materials.'”
He responded that there had been presented “no facts” to warrant a review.
The Arizona Republic said, also, journalists now have been given limited access to the building where the count is progressing.