The Republican president of the Arizona Senate said the department's worries about voter intimidation are unfounded.
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The lack of answers is raising questions among some about just how much oversight Ken Bennett really has the company conducting the audit,
Several Phoenix high schools have plans to hold their graduation ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Coliseum staring the weekend of May 15th.
“I will share with you all, I am not yet persuaded that there has been a showing that the rights of the voters in Maricopa County are being protected,” Martin said.
The private company running the audit is trying to seal their documents and prevent the public and media from attending the audit hearings.
A statement from Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Teran called the $1 million bond, "laughable" citing the lack of transparency as to the actual cost of the audit.
"Local reporting yesterday made it clear that Karen Fann and her Cyber Ninjas have not implemented sufficient security to protect the integrity of election equipment and ballots."
Sen. Rebecca Rios, the head of Senate Democrats, called the audit a "temper tantrum" and said the audit is "damaging to the integrity of our elections and our democracy."
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said despite allegations of tampering, all of the legally voted ballots from the November 2020 election are safe in the vault at the Elections Department.
Rank and file Republicans first raised questions about the Jan. 23 election, where Ward won by 42 votes.