Judge has doubts on voter privacy in new Arizona recount

The Arizona Democratic Party and the only Democrat in Maricopa County’s GOP-controlled regulatory agency sued the Senate and the contractor who oversaw Cyber ​​Ninja’s electoral exam Thursday. They want President Joe Biden’s recount of the 2020 presidential election to stop unless they are given guarantees that voter privacy and electoral secrecy are maintained.

A judge, who has since stepped out of the controversial case on Friday, ordered the recount to stop if the Democrats deposited a $ 1 million bond, which the party refused. He also ordered the Senate and private electoral examiners to comply with state election and election secrecy law and to bring cyber ninjas to court about its recount policies and procedures.

Cyber ​​Ninjas is an unprecedented Florida company run by Doug Logan. He has shared unfounded conspiracy theories claiming that the official results of the 2020 presidential election are inadmissible. His attorney tries to keep his voter privacy policies and procedures secret, arguing that they are trade secrets.

Martin plans to testify at a hearing on Wednesday about the company’s request to keep the material confidential. He also said he planned to consider stopping the recount or renewing the previous judge’s order on electoral secrecy rules.

He began the hearing on Tuesday by rejecting the arguments put forward by Senate attorneys that they are under no obligation to comply with state elections law, which sets out how voters’ constitutional rights are protected.

“The Arizona Senate has constitutional authority to conduct the review as part of its legislative role,” said Martin. “However, the manner in which this audit is conducted must be balanced against the constitutional rights of voters in Maricopa County, including the rights to the secrecy and confidentiality of information.”

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