In Arizona, President Trump defeated Joe Biden by whopping margins, but democrats (using various schemes) rigged the vote and stole it. Now, they’re desperate to stop the crime from being exposed.
The Arizona Democratic Party sued to stop the GOP-led state Senate audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County a day before it is set to begin.
A motion, filed on Thursday, requests a temporary restraining order, arguing that the review of the county’s voting machines and 2.1 million ballots cast is in violation of state law.
The pair of plaintiffs, which also includes Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, insisted the audit is led by partisan contractors hired by the Republican-led state Senate.
“The sole reason for this lawsuit and injunctions is to protect the sanctity of the ballots and more importantly to preserve voters’ privacy from a sham audit that has been corrupted by agitators and conspiracy theorists,” Gallardo tweeted on Thursday.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors already conducted two forensic audits, showing no irregularities in the county’s 2020 general election, and agreed to share the election materials with the GOP-led state Senate after it got a favorable ruling from a judge.
Senate President Karen Fann, who is named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit, has said the GOP-led forensic audit would be conducted independently and would be a transparent process aimed at restoring voter confidence after supporters of former President Donald Trump in the state echoed his claims the election was stolen from him due to widespread fraud.
The lawsuit filed by the Arizona Democratic Party and Gallardo, the lone Democrat on the five-member Maricopa Board of Supervisors, expresses concern for ballot security and confidentiality.
The complaint also names the Florida-based firm Cyber Ninjas, the company tasked to conduct the audit, as a defendant. Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan has reportedly been an active promoter of the “Stop the Steal” movement.
Gallardo also tweeted that the audit would not be “transparent” as Fann had promised earlier this year, adding the audit was being funded by “dark money influencers” who chose an “uncertified and unqualified group” for the process.
The Arizona Senate Democrats released a statement supporting Gallardo’s position, saying, “It’s clear that this audit is no more than a temper tantrum from those still upset that they lost the election and it is deeply damaging to the integrity of our elections and our democracy.”
Maricopa County initially challenged the Senate GOP subpoena in February for election materials, but a lower-court judge upheld the subpoena. The county did not attempt to appeal the subpoena but refused to allow the Senate-led audit to be conducted on county property.
The audit, which was expected to go on for weeks, is slated to begin Friday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, and the transportation of the election materials began earlier in the week. A hearing on the filing is set for Friday morning. Arguments will be heard by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury.