On Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the leading contractor of Arizona’s audit of the Maricopa County 2020 election results must turn over documents related to the effort.
The Hill reports:
American Oversight, a watchdog group, has been seeking documents regarding the county’s recount and audit, which was initiated because former President Trump disputed the 2020 election results in battle ground states like Arizona.
The watchdog group had been involved in a legal fight with Arizona’s Senate over the public release of the documents, The Associated Press reported.
“The Senate defendants, as officers and a public body under the (records law), have a duty to maintain and produce public records related to their official duties,” the judges wrote on Thursday, according to The Arizona Republic. “This includes the public records created in connection with the audit of a separate governmental agency, authorized by the legislative branch of state government and performed by the Senate’s agents.”
The judges wrote in their decision that government contractors, such as Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas, are still subject to Arizona Public Records laws, which Republicans had argued against.
The judges wrote, “The requested records are no less public records simply because they are in the possession of a third party, Cyber Ninjas,” according to the Arizona Republic.
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