Just over five months have passed since the conclusion of the 2020 election, and efforts to determine if voter and ballot fraud took place are still ongoing.
In Arizona, Democrats had sued to block an audit of the 2020 election results ordered by the state’s Republican-led Senate. A judge ruled Friday that in order to halt the process, the plaintiffs, which included the Arizona Democratic Party, would be required to pay a $1 million bond, which they ultimately declined, paving the path for the audit to proceed, the Washington Examiner reported.
Former President Donald Trump has been vocal on the issue in recent days, even issuing a statement slamming Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for not fully supporting the audit, which Trump insists will help uncover potential fraud issues that were overlooked or ignored, The Hill reported.
The audit, which will be performed by the cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas, will look at the voting machines used in the election in Maricopa County, Arizona, along with some 2.1 million ballots. It will also examine all election-related materials from the November 2020 election in that county.
The Arizona Democratic Party called the judge’s order to pay a $1 million bond to protect Cyber Ninjas from a financial loss a “laughable” idea.
“The Arizona Democratic Party will not risk our supporters’ hard-earned dollars to pay off the Cyber Ninjas for a procedure they are billing Arizona taxpayers to the tune of $150,000,” said Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Raquel Teran on Friday.
High-profile Arizona Democrats also asked Ducey and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) to end the audit, suggesting that decision was necessary to protect “our election systems from conspiracy theorists.”
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury revealed that part of his decision was based on a local news report which revealed that the facility in which the materials were stored — the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix — had a number of security concerns.
Trump slams AZ Democrats
The former president made his opinion on the developments crystal clear in a statement slamming Arizona Democrats for fighting so hard to block the audit, implying that they wouldn’t take such actions if they had nothing to hide.
“Why are the Democrats so desperate to stop this Election Fraud from being revealed? That answer is obvious! The Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has been shockingly of zero help to the State Senate. He wants to ‘pretend’ the election was free and fair. What are he and the Maricopa County Commissioners trying to hide?” Trump said in a statement Friday.
The 45th president issued a list of demands on Saturday morning to Ducey, contending that protecting the auditing process was of the utmost importance, even asking Ducey to dispatch Arizona National Guard members and Arizona State Police troopers to protect the cybersecurity firm and the materials involved.
Only time will tell if the audit vindicates any of Trump’s earlier allegations that something inappropriate happened with the election results in Maricopa County.