Opponents of Maricopa County’s election audit have been dealt a setback by a judge’s decision. The audit would have been halted if a temporary restraining order had been granted.
On Tuesday, the judge overseeing the Arizona audit cases was abruptly replaced by a new judge.
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On Monday, the Hill announced that “the case was reassigned to Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel G. Martin hours after Judge Christopher Coury recused himself from the case due to the presence of an attorney who had served as an extern in his office over the last five years.”
In my career I have participated in more than a dozen state-wide recounts and audits. Nothing that is happening in Arizona resembles a legitimate recount or audit.
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) April 28, 2021
The article continued, “Coury’s recusal came less than 24 hours before a hearing scheduled for Monday morning.”
Perkins Coie, which has sent a slew of attorneys to try to halt the election audit, has connections to Judge Daniel Martin. Marc Elias, one of them, has repeatedly slammed the Arizona audit.
Despite being an independent contractor, Gabriel Sterling, who became the face of the Georgia election debacle, wanted to weigh in on Arizona’s affairs.
This “audit” in Arizona is another step in undermining confidence in elections. This process is neither transparent nor, likely, legal. Any “findings” will be highly suspect now that chain of custody has been violated by partisan actors. https://t.co/40yKdcVI4S
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— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) April 27, 2021
Democrats filed a lawsuit on Thursday to stop the Maricopa County election audit. The audit will be postponed until Monday, thanks to the former judge’s agreement.
“Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury said he needs to make sure the recount follows Arizona law to the letter and requested more detail on the audit’s policies and procedures by Monday morning,” according to AZ Central.
The audit will be paused at 5 p.m. if Gallardo or the Democratic Party post a $1 million bond, according to the paper.
The audit was cleared to continue as scheduled before the temporary restraining order was filed because the Democrats refused to produce the $1 million bond.
Donald Trump told us the 2020 election would be stolen via fake printed ballots. The media and left labeled us as conspiracy theorists.
The Maricopa County audit is confirming the rumors, that a special watermark is on the real ballots. No wonder the Democrats tried to stall. pic.twitter.com/53BRIwvwvF
— Dino Veletanlic (@Dino_Veletanlic) April 24, 2021
One of the reasons the left is so adamant about stopping the audit is that auditors might have techniques that would defeat a major attempt at election fraud. On Saturday, video emerged that appeared to show auditors scanning ballots with ‘black light’ scanners, which could disclose watermarks that could distinguish legal from illegal ballots. Watermarks on the ballots are not present, according to an Arizona Central reporter.
The far left and the media are terrified of the audit, making a slew of allegations and attempting to delegitimize it. However, if the Arizona audit may prove that fraud occurred, several other states will undoubtedly follow suit.