UV lights, cars with Trump bumper stickers and a lack of transparency illustrate ongoing GOP-driven ballot review in Arizona
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Officials unload election equipment into the Veterans Memorial Colesium at the state fairgrounds, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials began delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden on Wednesday and will move 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have expressed uncertainty that Biden's victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results. (AP Photo/Matt York)
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, workers line up in their cars to check in with uniformed security. As each car files into the fairgrounds, they park next to the "Crazy Times Carnival," complete with the familiar sights of summer — a Ferris wheel, funnel cake and balloon games.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin, in a victory for the Republican-controlled state Senate, ruled Thursday that this third ballot review could continue.
This so-called review, deeply disputed by bipartisan groups from the Republican-led Maricopa County Supervisors to the Arizona Democratic Party, is the third to examine the 2020 ballots cast in the county.
There was little expression of election faith from the ballot counting workers CNN saw as they lined up heading into the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
OAN is also the host of the live stream from the ballot counting floor in the coliseum, which Ken Bennett, the hired representative for the Arizona state senate, touted as proof of "transparency. "
Maricopa's supervisors -- four out of five of whom are Republicans -- initially refused to release the 2020 ballots to the Arizona state Senate.
Bennett, the former Arizona secretary of state hired by Republicans to serve as an audit liaison, told reporters earlier in the week that "the UV lights are looking at the paper, and it's part of several teams that are involved in the paper evaluation. " When CNN asked if he could specify the purpose the UV lights served, he said he did not know.