(USA Features) A Democrat-appointed state judge has ruled in favor of a Republican-led audit of some 2.1 million ballots cast during the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Ariz., on Friday.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin dismissed a temporary restraining order that was issued previously in response to a Democratic lawsuit, saying he saw no evidence that voters would be harmed by the audit.
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“The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallego tried to halt the audit by filing an emergency restraining order last Thursday, a day before the count was supposed to begin,” The Associated Press reported.
“The lawsuit alleged Republican Senate President Karen Fann and another GOP senator promised a judge that they would protect the secrecy of the ballots and voter privacy,” the newswire added.
Also, Martin ruled that Cyber Ninjas, the third-party group conducting the vote audit, has to make their results public pending a successful appeal of his order.
On Sunday, the analytical firm filed a motion to keep their methodology under wraps.
Former President Donald Trump weighed in on the Arizona audit as well, suggesting that it may turn up some irregularities that will lead to further audits in other battleground states.
“Now let’s see what they find… you’ll watch Pennsylvania…Georgia… Michigan… Wisconsin…New Hampshire. They found a lot of votes up in New Hampshire JUST NOW,” Trump last week.
“Let’s see what they find,” Trump said in remarks captured on video at his Florida golf resort.
“Some very interesting things are happening in Arizona. Let’s see what they find. I wouldn’t be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes,” he added.