Politics Arizona vote recount contractor releases privacy policies
Firm recounting Arizona ballots wants methods kept secret
PHOENIX (AP) — A contractor hired by Arizona's state Senate to oversee the recount of 2.1 million ballots from November's election in the county that includes the metro Phoenix area wants a judge to keep secret its methods for ensuring ballot privacy. The request came in advance of a hearing set for Monday morning where a judge planned to review policies and procedures for ensuring voter privacy and ballot secrecy that the Senate and contractor Cyber Ninjas are using in the Maricopa County recount.
PHOENIX (AP) — A contractor overseeing the Arizona Senate's unprecedented recount of 2.1 million ballots from the November election complied Thursday with a court order and released its policies for ensuring voter privacy and ballot secrecy.
The release of three documents by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas came a day after a Maricopa County judge refused to allow the company or the Republican-led Senate to keep the material secret and ordered it made public. Judge Daniel Martin gave them a day to appeal, but they declined.
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Former President Donald Trump has only one thing on his mind of late: The ongoing recount of 2020 presidential ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County.Former President Donald Trump has only one thing on his mind of late: The ongoing recount of 2020 presidential ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County.
Cyber Ninjas said in a statement that its goal “is for the public to be able to read the documents themselves and see that the process and the procedures are sound.” The company urged media outlets to publish links to the documents so they can be easily accessed.
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The three documents cover procedures for, collecting and handling , and at the state fairgrounds.
The Arizona Democratic Party previously sued to block the recount unless the policies for securing voter rights were released.
The Democrats argued the public had a right to know how the recount of ballots in the state’s most populous county was being conducted. Their lawyers argued that voter privacy would be irreparably harmed if the process proceeded, at least without knowing how the recount was being conducted.
The party's lawyers were reviewing the documents and could not immediately comment on them.
President Joe Biden narrowly won the state over Donald Trump. The unusual audit of ballots months after Biden's win was certified came as backers of Trump continue to insist without evidence that he lost Arizona and other battleground states because of election fraud.
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The consulting firm picked to lead the GOP-led Arizona Senate's recount of 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 election in Maricopa County released its privacy policies for ensuring voter privacy in compliance with a court order. © Provided by Washington Examiner Florida-based Cyber Ninjas released three documents on Thursday, one day after county Judge Daniel Martin denied its request to keep the documents sealed as part of a lawsuit brought by Arizona Democrats. Martin offered one day for an appeal, but lawyers representing the firm declined, the Associated Press reported.
The state Senate audit can’t overturn the results of the election, but Republicans who control the chamber say it is needed to restore voter confidence and help them craft changes to election laws.
Senate Democrats call the audit an effort to perpetuate what they call “The Big Lie” — Trump's insistence that he actually won.
Separately Thursday, a group of voting rights groups asked the U.S. Department of Justice to send monitors to Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix to ensure ballots are secure and that Senate auditors don't try to intimidate voters. The contract the Senate signed with Cyber Ninjas noted that voters may be contacted.
Arizona elections chief criticizes policies used in recount
PHOENIX (AP) — In March, when it was clear that the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate planned to recount presidential votes in the state's most populous county, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent a letter urging the Senate president to adopt strict guidelines to ensure the results could be trusted. Instead, President Karen Fann farmed out the recount to a supporter of election conspiracy theories with no recount experience who refused to share details of how the count would be done until a court ordered the disclosure and the recount was well underway. That decision and others, including allowing a former state GOP lawmaker who was at the Jan. 6 U.
“We are very concerned that the auditors are engaged in ongoing and imminent violations of federal voting and election laws,” saidThe Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The hand-recount started last Friday, with Cyber Ninjas overseeing the process run by other contractors and former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett acting as the Senate’s liaison to the effort.
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The Senate and Cyber Ninjas had claimed the policies and procedures for recounting the presidential and U.S. Senate votes in Maricopa County were shielded under legislative immunity and that the documents were trade secrets, but the judge said that's not the case.
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Observers from the office of the Arizona secretary of state say the GOP-commissioned recount is being conducted in a shambolic way.Some participants appear to be searching for evidence on the basis of conspiracy theories, according to reports from the counting site.