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Maricopa County Judge Lets 2020 Election Audit Continue For Now

A judge in Arizona on Tuesday allowed a 2020 election audit in the state’s largest county to continue, at least until another hearing on April 28.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin said he would not extend a temporary restraining order that would have halted the audit on Friday if Arizona Democrats had posted a $1 million bond.

“I think this was a very productive and useful hearing. I still have some thinking to do about the requested relief from the plaintiffs. I will do that between now and tomorrow morning,” Martin said.

Democrats last week filed a last-minute lawsuit seeking to block the audit in Maricopa County, hours before the audit was slated to start. They claimed contractors hired by the Arizona Senate, which ordered the election review, were not properly securing ballots and equipment.

The audit of over 2 million ballots and dozens of electronic tabulators started on April 23.

Arizona’s Senate subpoenaed the election documents and machines in January and a judge the following month ruled the subpoenas were valid and must be obeyed.