Maricopa County, Arizona will have its 2020 election audit after Democrats chose to not pay the $1 million bond to halt the Republican Senate-led effort, according to The Washington Examiner.
Democrats announced their decision on Friday after they filed a suit to stop the audit on Thursday. Included in the group attempting to put the breaks on the audit were Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, who would have had to provide the $1 million bond by 5 p.m. local time.
The bond was reportedly set up to protect the audit team, including Cyber Ninjas, from financial losses, but the Democrats leading the charge to block the effort choose not to go forward with their suit.
“This would have put the review of voting machines, 2.1 million ballots, and other election materials, which has the backing of former President Donald Trump, on hold at 5 p.m. local time until Monday at noon,” the Examiner announced.
However, sometime before the 5 p.m. deadline, the Democrats shared their disdain with the proposal, saying they wouldn’t put up the “laughable” $1 million bond, citing a “lack of transparency” about the cost of the audit.
“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, and fundraising on OAN with the help of Lin Wood, an election conspiracy theorist who called for the execution of former Vice President Mike Pence Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Raquel Teran said in a statement Friday evening.
“The fact of the matter is that no one knows the actual cost of this sham audit and President Fann and the Cyber Ninjas have not once made this figure public.”
They are also calling for Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich to “put an end” to the audit, claiming it was pertinent to defending “our election systems from conspiracy theorists.” However, Arizona Republican Party chairwoman Kelli Ward announced that the audit would continue over the weekend “uninterrupted.”