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Arizona 2020 election audit to move forward, judge rules

by Erin Flockhart

A 2020 election audit in Arizona will move forward after a Democrat-appointed judge ruled in favor of Republicans on Wednesday.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin dismissed a temporary restraining order that stopped a state audit of more than 2 million ballots from the 2020 election.

The restraining order had been filed last Thursday, a day before the count was supposed to begin. The lawsuit alleged that legislators had promised secrecy of the ballots and voter privacy, but had outsourced the recount to an “inexperienced third party with clear bias,” according to the suit.

The restraining order fell through on Friday when the Arizona Democratic Party would not post the $1 million bond that the judge requested to cover expenses the Senate might accrue from the pause.

Martin also ruled that the third party group would have to make their procedures public. He has stayed the order temporarily, giving the group time to appeal.

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