Lawyers representing governor candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state hopeful Mark Finchem filed a notice saying they would ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revive their lawsuit.
American Oversight filed the lawsuit last year to get access to about 1,000 records sent between Republican Senate President Karen Fann and Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based group that conducted the audit.
County Recorder Leslie Hoffman said that she is fed up with the “nastiness” and has accepted a job outside the county. She said longtime elections director Lynn Constabile is leaving for the same reason.
The panel focused on Trump’s efforts to undo Joe Biden’s victory in a most local way — by leaning on officials in key battleground states to reject ballots outright or to submit alternative electors for the final tally in Congress.
Guillermina Fuentes, 66, and a second woman were indicted in December 2020 on one count of ballot abuse, a practice commonly known as “ballot harvesting” that was made illegal under a 2016 state law.
The revelations first published by The Washington Post on May 20 show that Ginni Thomas was more involved than previously known in efforts, based on unsubstantiated claims of fraud, to overturn Biden’s victory and keep then-President Donald Trump in office.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich largely reiterated concerns raised by a widely panned election review conducted last year by supporters of former President Donald Trump on behalf of state Senate Republicans.
The report compiled by an outside special master and released by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors “should be a final stake in the heart of the Senate’s so-called ‘audit,’” Board Chairman Bill Gates said in a statement.
Republicans passed the bill out of the Senate Government Committee in a 4-3 party-line vote, but it is almost certain to die in a vote of the full Senate or in the House.
Among the bills killed were measures that would have created new criminal charges for a variety of missteps by election workers and contractors; created new rights for election observers, including the right to question election officials during counting; set new requirements for post-election audits and recordkeeping; required a unique serial number on each ballot.
Cyber Ninjas has tried repeatedly to get the Arizona Supreme Court to weigh in on lower court rulings that found it is subject to the state public records law, but the justices have declined to take the case.
The state’s highest court said it will consider whether the Arizona Court of Appeals and a trial court properly rejected the Senate’s claim that the records were protected under legislative privilege.
The findings in Pima County provide yet another official rebuttal of former President Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud led to his loss in Arizona and other battleground states.
Doug Logan did not say whether his new firm would do essentially the same work as Cyber Ninjas, who ran the 2020 election audit, but he said his efforts have been running into obstacles.
The judge found Cyber Ninjas in contempt for its failure to turn over documents, which two Maricopa County judges and the state Court of Appeals have ruled are subject to the public records law.
Arizona election administrators and the mostly Republican leaders of Maricopa County have always maintained that the 2020 election audit was flawed.
The move to withdraw by attorney Jack Wilenchik is opposed by American Oversight, a government watchdog group that has for months been seeking records held by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas.
An Associated Press review in six states disputed by Trump has found fewer than 475 cases of potential voter fraud, a number that would have made no difference in the 2020 election.
The Senate and Cyber Ninjas have been battling for months over two public records lawsuits, one each filed by the parent of The Arizona Republic and American Oversight, a government watchdog group.
The judges reiterated the court’s earlier ruling that Cyber Ninjas records over the 2020 election audit are subject to the public records law.