The Arizona Senate asked Cyber Ninjas, the lead contractor overseeing the audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, to publicize all records related to the controversial review.
Karen Fann, the president of the GOP-led legislative body, wrote to the Florida-based firm on Tuesday after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings over public records requests for documents and dissolved a stay from Aug. 24 that paused enforcement of the order demanding the records be released.
"Pursuant to the Arizona Public Records Act, Sections 15.4 and 18.5 of our Master Services Agreement dated March 31, 2021, and the orders entered by Judges Kemp and Hannah in American Oversight v. Fann and Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. v. Arizona State Senate, please immediately make available to the Arizona State Senate all records within your custody or control, or within the custody or control of your subcontractors or other agents, with a substantial nexus to the audit," Fann wrote to Cyber Ninjas.
"For the avoidance of doubt, documents with a substantial nexus to the audit include without limitation all documents and communications relating to the planning and performance or execution of the audit, all policies and procedures used in connection with the audit, all records concerning audit funding or staffing, and all records that are reasonably necessary or appropriate to maintain an accurate knowledge of activities concerning the 2020 Maricopa County election audit," she added.
Left-leaning watchdog group American Oversight and Phoenix-based Arizona Republic filed lawsuits for access under public records law.
The Senate’s attorneys previously argued such documents, which included information about donors who funded the audit, are not subject to public disclosure rules because Cyber Ninjas, a private company, has them, as well as other subcontractors.
Officials affiliated with the audit team said they expected a full draft report on its findings to be given to the Senate as early as this week after some delays.
For months, state and local officials of both parties have defended Maricopa County against allegations from former President Donald Trump and sympathetic Republicans that its election results were fraudulent. In August, Republican Maricopa Supervisor Jack Sellers called the review an "adventure in never-never land," while Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has insisted it is a "political stunt."
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Original Author: Daniel Chaitin