/ Modified apr 24, 2021 4:33 p.m.

Democrats won't put up $1M to pause Arizona election audit

A lawyer for the Democrats say the bond was too risky

Maricopa county superior court Maricopa County Superior Court
Courtesy Maricopa County Superior Court

An Arizona judge's order halting an audit of 2020 election results from the state’s largest county won't be enforced because he required the state Democratic Party to put up a $1 million bond.

But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury on Friday ordered that the Republican-led state Senate and its private auditors must follow ballot secrecy. The audit includes a hand recount of 2.1 million ballots.

The Senate hired a cyber security firm run by a man who has shared unfounded allegations of election fraud. A lawyer for the Democrats say the bond was too risky.

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