Voting Rights Groups Could Sue over AZ Audit
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Multiple voting rights lawyers and advocacy groups have signed a letter outlining their intention to sue if the unfounded Republican-led audit of Maricopa County’s election results goes forward with their planned intimidation tactics. After multiple audits in Arizona found no evidence of fraud, and both Republicans and Democrats in the state agreed the election results were fair and accurate, Republican legislators in the state senate pushed for yet another audit as they continue to propagate Trump’s Big Lie. Senate Republicans selected four private firms to complete the audit—one of which is owned and operated by a well-known conspiracy theorist that believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Dominion voting machines were involved in a conspiracy to change the results.
Tuesday’s letter, signed by Protect Democracy and three law firms, is addressed to the four firms chosen for the audit and warns them of the potential illegality of their planned audit activities. The conspiracy theorist company Cyber Ninjas, Inc. plans to knock on doors in Maricopa County to interrogate voters about their voting history; such behavior could constitute voter intimidation and harassment, which violates the Voting Rights Act and the Klu Klux Klan Act. The law firms join Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in expressing their concern over the planned audit—Hobbs wrote a letter to the state senate last week asking them to revise their plan in order to protect voters and democratic elections in Arizona.