The company leading a ballot recount effort in Arizona for the 2020 election is asking a court to allow it to keep its procedures secret and hidden from the public, prompting transparency concerns.
The Republican-controlled Arizona state Senate contracted Florida-based Cyber Ninja and is paying the company $150,000 to conduct a recount of 2.1 million general election ballots in Maricopa County, which encompasses the metro Phoenix area.
On Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury requested that the company turn over its plans and procedures including training materials amid concerns regarding voter privacy and ballot security.
“The Senate has told us that they are running this so-called audit, but they had abdicated their duty entirely to rogue actors who are making a mockery … of our election laws and our procedures,” Roopali Desai, an attorney representing Gallardo and the state Democratic Party, told the judge. “There’s no safeguards in place. There’s no proper training, there’s no procedures, no rules.”
“I do not want to micromanage and