Democrats were handed an epic blow after sending 73 lawyers to Arizona ballot audit and ended up with egg on their face.
Arizona Democrats filed a lawsuit last week wanting to stop an audit of Maricopa County ballots. Democrats claimed that the founder of the firm Cyber Ninjas, handling the audit embraced pro-Trump conspiracy theories citing a report from a local news source.
On Friday, Judge Christopher Coury of the Maricopa County Superior Court granted the Democrats request to pause the audit until Monday 11:00am when evidence would need need to be presented.
The pause would have started at 5pm Friday however, the Arizona Democratic Party would pony up the money to post the $1 million bond required by the judge.
“The Arizona Democratic Party will not risk our supporters’ hard-earned dollars to pay off the Cyber Ninjas for a procedure they are billing Arizona taxpayers to the tune of $150,000,” said party chairwoman Raquel Teran.
Democrats claim that Republican Senate President Karen Fann failed in her pledge to a judge that the Senate would protect ballot and voter privacy by hiring a third party to handle the ballot machines.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors handed over the voting machines on Wednesday and the 2.1 million county ballots are in the hand of Senate Republicans. The machines were loaded into trucks at the county’s election headquarters and driven three miles to the State Fairground, with undercover sheriff’s deputies providing security.
Democrats are claiming that the audit is jeopardizing election security however, Republicans are allowing members of the press to monitor and be present during the investigation.
However, in a twist Judge Coury just recused himself from the case because of a name on a court filing.
“In the documents filed today, several attorneys appeared whose names previously were not on notices of appearance prior to Friday’s hearing. That is not surprising, given the short fuse in which the hearings have proceeded. The involvement of one attorney whose name appeared on the filings for the first time today requires me to recuse,” said Coury, in an email to attorneys representing all parties in the case.
The audit will continue however once a new judge is assigned auditors will have to show the judge they are following Arizona law.