The consulting firm picked to lead the GOP-led Arizona Senate's recount of 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 election in Maricopa County released its privacy policies for ensuring voter privacy in compliance with a court order.
Florida-based Cyber Ninjas released three documents on Thursday, one day after county Judge Daniel Martin denied its request to keep the documents sealed as part of a lawsuit brought by Arizona Democrats. Martin offered one day for an appeal, but lawyers representing the firm declined, the Associated Press reported.
The company said, "Our goal is for the public to be able to read the documents themselves and see that the process and the procedures are sound," according to a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The three documents include an overview of procedures for hand recounting Maricopa County’s ballots, collecting and handling digital evidence, and securing the county ballots and tabulation machines at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the audit is being conducted.
Attorney Dan Barr said Cyber Ninjas withheld one document, Exhibit D9, which reportedly contains "sensitive security information" and was placed under an "attorneys eyes only" designation, according to local 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik.
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Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will begin sending representatives from her office to inspect the audit site until the lease ends on May 14, Resnik also reported.
NEW @SecretaryHobbs will have reps on site at AZ Senate GOP audit until it leaves coliseum May 14, per Hobbs spox.— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) April 29, 2021
▶️ Elections machines expert there for 2 pm shift
▶️ @lizlhoward of Brennan Center & @votinggeek of Elections Group are on way.
The decision follows Martin's order on Wednesday for lawyers representing the Senate Republicans and Hobbs, a critic of the audit who intervened as a plaintiff in a Democratic Party lawsuit, to reach a deal for representatives to the secretary of state to inspect the audit site.
The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, the sole Democrat on the board, sued to stop the audit last week, raising concerns about adherence to state election laws and regulations.
The hand recount commenced on Friday, with Cyber Ninjas overseeing the process run by other contractors and former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett acting as the Senate’s liaison to the effort.
Democrats argue that the results from two previous audits, conducted for the GOP-majority Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, showed no irregularities in the county's 2020 election, calling it a "dangerous fishing expedition" that could do damage to the sanctity of the secret ballot.
Critics of the audit have also raised concerns about Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, who has previously made social media posts highlighting former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" efforts alleging unsubstantiated claims that widespread election fraud occurred in the 2020 election.
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Trump has praised the audit, releasing multiple tweemails about it, and on Tuesday insisted the review will show Arizona was a "scam election" state.
President Joe Biden won the county by just over 2% of the popular vote and also won the state of Arizona in the 2020 election.
The audit will not change the results of the presidential election, as officials in the state have already certified Biden's victory, but Arizona Senate President Karen Fann insisted in a radio interview this week that the audit is meant to restore trust in the system and influence potential changes to the law.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Hobbs but did not immediately receive a response.