An Arizona judge denied a request by Arizona Democrats to end the 2020 election audit in Maricopa County led by Republican officials.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin denied the request after being assigned to the case on Monday. He also ruled the documents must be made public by noon on Thursday, a decision against the motion of consulting company Cyber Ninjas.
Steve Gallardo, the Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor, had sued to end the audit. The audit plans to review the 2.1 million ballots in the state’s most-populous county.
The audit began on Friday. The state Senate has access to Veterans Memorial Coliseum through May 14.
Consulting firm Cyber Ninjas and its CEO, Doug Logan, have been a point of much discussion during the Arizona audit. The firm has also been involved in the Antrim County, Michigan audit that gained notoriety for its discovery of computer problems that led to a switch from Joe Biden to Donald Trump as winner of the county’s votes.
Cyber Ninjas sought to keep the audit private. The judge has ruled against its request.
“As we sit here now, we have no meaningful way to evaluate these unsupported claims,” one attorney for the plaintiffs argued on Wednesday according to a report by The Washington Examiner.
“We’ve not seen the documents, and Cyber Ninjas have given the court nothing other than vague generalities about what those concerns would be,” the attorney added.