Arizona coalition files motion urging court to keep recount methods open to the public

The Arizona First Amendment Coalition filed a motion Monday, April 26, 2021, opposing a contractor’s request to keep secret its methods of recounting ballots in the metro Phoenix area.

The contractor, Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, was hired by Arizona’s state Senate to oversee the recount of 2.1 million ballots. A judge plans to review Cyber Ninjas’ methods for ensuring voter privacy. Cyber Ninjas has asked the judge to keep its policies under seal and to close the hearing to the media and the public.

“It is difficult to conceive of a case that warrants transparency more than this one,” the lawsuit reads.