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Arizona set to audit ballots in state’s largest county after being blocked by county officials

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Nov 4, 2020; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Maricopa County Elections employee Alba Parra tabulates early ballots, November 4, 2020, at the Maricopa County Elections Headquarters, 510 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Mark Henle-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Arizona State Senate is set to audit the ballots in the state’s largest county after being blocked by county officials.

“It’s taken the Senate 2 1/2 months to win in court to uphold our right to issue subpoenas for election material,” said the senate president Karen Fann, “and another six weeks of researching to select the audit team to perform the full forensic audit.” The Republican-controlled senate has had subpoenas to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors pending since December 15th. They have battled in court for access to information and equipment needed for the audit. The judge upheld the chamber’s right to issue the subpoenas which gives way for a “detailed” review of the county’s ballots to include “testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count, and checking for any IT breaches.”

Democrats in the state have recently pushed for a lawsuit to stop the audit. The lawsuit alleges that Fann promised the judge that they would uphold the secrecy of the ballots and voter privacy before he granted the audit of the 2.1 million ballots and the ballot machines. The lawsuit claims that assurances made by the Republicans were “illusory” because they’ve outsourced the recount to an “inexperienced third party with clear bias.”

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