Judge rejects Arizona Senate’s motion to Keep Election Audit Records Private

Thursday, Judge Michael Kemp of the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County, rejected the Arizona Senate’s motion to dismiss a public records lawsuit relating to its independent full audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election.

Per the Epoch Times “the lawsuit was filed by watchdog group American Oversight and sought records of communications between Senate officials and external vendors working on the audit, including Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas, a private company hired by the Arizona Senate to oversee the audit of Arizona’s most populous county. It also sought documents related to the cost of the audit, donor information, and its operations.”

Kemp wrote in his ruling “It is difficult to conceive of a case with a more compelling public interest demanding public disclosure and public scrutiny.”

He added that he “completely rejects” the arguments presented by the defendants’ lawyers.

“Nothing in the statute absolves Senate defendants’ responsibilities to keep and maintain records for authorities supported by public monies by merely retaining a third-party contractor who in turns hires subvendors,” Kemp continued.

He also argued that keeping the election audit records private “would be an absurd result and undermine Arizona’s strong public policy in favor of permitting access to records reflecting governmental activity.”

Thursday, Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers tweeted:

I have heard enough. With the tens of thousands of ballots mailed without being requested, the over ten thousand people who voted after registering after November 3rd, the failure of Maricopa to turn over the 40% machines, the passwords that Dominion still refuses (1/2)

to turn over, & tens of thousands of unauthorized queries demonstrating how insecure the election was, I call for the Biden electors to be recalled to Arizona & a new election must be conducted. Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right.

She added in a subsequent tweet:

If it is this bad in Maricopa, AZ and Fulton, GA, imagine how bad it is all over the country? If elections were actually fair and secure we would win everything! This is why we must #AuditAll50States now.

On the same day, Trump issued the following statement on the Arizona Audit via his SAVE AMERICA PAC.