Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin, a Democrat, ruled in favor of the Arizona Republican Party allowing the 2020 election audit to move forward. Judge Martin dismissed Democrat’s restraining order which attempted to pause Arizona’s audit of over 2 million 2020 election ballots saying there isn’t enough evidence presented to show that voters would be harmed by the audit procedures.
The Daily Wire reports:
The AP outlined: “The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallego tried to halt the audit by filing an emergency restraining order last Thursday, a day before the count was supposed to begin. The lawsuit alleged Republican Senate President Karen Fann and another GOP senator promised a judge that they would protect the secrecy of the ballots and voter privacy. The lawsuit also alleges that Fann and Sen. Warren Peterson’s assurances were ‘illusory’ because they’ve outsourced the recount to an ‘inexperienced third party with clear bias.’”
“The temporary pause fell through Friday evening, however, after the Arizona Democratic Party said it would not post the $1 million bond that the judge requested to cover any expenses that the Senate faced caused by the halt,” the report added.
Additionally, Judge Martin ruled that Cyber Ninjas, the third party group conducting the vote audit, must make their procedures public, barring a successful appeal on Thursday. Cyber Ninjas had filed a motion on Sunday to keep their methods private.
“Maricopa County Superior Court Judge has *denied* Cyber Ninjas request to have their processes for the #azaudit done under seal,” reported Fox 10’s Matt Galka, adding, “This means the processes have to be made public. Judge has stayed the order until tomorrow at noon, giving Cyber Ninjas time to appeal.”
The Arizona Secretary of State’s office was also given permission to review the audit.
Former President Trump also released a statement celebrating the win.
“BIG victory today in Arizona. A highly respected Judge has just ruled that the Forensic Audit being done by the Arizona State Senate can and will continue. Over 100 Democrat lawyers were sent to fight against this audit. The results will be very interesting for the USA and the World to see! Why are the Democrats fighting so hard to hide the facts? I know why, and so does everyone else!” Trump wrote.