The Arizona Supreme Court has denied an attempt by Republicans to block the release of records related to an audit of the 2020 election out of the state’s largest county.
According to The Washington Times, the state high court said documents related to the review of election materials in Maricopa County are “public records” and thus, must be made public.
State Republicans had tried to argue that because the records are currently in the hands of a company contracted by the Arizona Senate, the documents are not subject to rules requiring their release. But the courts disagreed.
Now, Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based group hired by Arizona Republicans to conduct the audit, will be forced to turn the records over.
“There is no dispute”
“There is no dispute that the audit is being conducted with public funds, and that Cyber Ninjas and its sub-vendors are agents of the Senate,” the court wrote in its recent decision.
“In this case the Senate has argued no exemption that, if properly recognized, would shield itself from the responsibility to inform the public of activities regarding the audit,” the ruling added.
According to the Times, it remains unclear when the records will be released.
“The issue is so clear”
Still, the decision is being celebrated by those on the left, as well as the group that filed suit for the records, American Oversight.
BREAKING: The Arizona Supreme Court has denied a petition from the Arizona Senate, leaving in place two lower court rulings that records in the physical custody of “audit” election contractor Cyber Ninjas are public records and must be released. https://t.co/bvLQqTex0f pic.twitter.com/C9AVpkdBz6
— American Oversight (@weareoversight) September 14, 2021
According to the group, the matter involves “tens of thousands of documents” that will soon become publicly available, providing additional insight into the ballot review process.
The court didn’t even need a hearing to make its decision, as reporters noted.
The issue is so clear to the court that it doesn’t even warrant a hearing, just a simple dismissing of the claim. https://t.co/of8RVS4UdJ
— Jim Small (@JimSmall) September 14, 2021