[Ed. – Even by CNN’s low standard, this headline is embarrassing. –Steve Cortes]
An election audit of the 2020 ballots from Arizona’s largest county — one demanded by Republican state senators, overseen by a purveyor of election conspiracies and live streamed by a pro-Trump television network — kicked off on Friday.
Earlier in the week, Maricopa County handed nearly 2.1 million ballots and nearly 400 tabulation machines over to the state Senate after Republican lawmakers subpoenaed the materials and a judge ruled county officials had to comply. In a last-ditch effort to block the controversial audit, the Arizona Democratic Party and the lone Democrat serving on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which oversees elections, sued to halt the count Thursday evening. A judge agreed to briefly pause the audit after a Friday hearing, but Democrats declined to provide the required $1 million bond and so the audit continued.