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Brennan Center Sends Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audit Transparency

Experts in election law and administration, national security, and voting rights wrote a letter to Arizona State Senate President Fann, requesting her to stop restricting the public’s access to the audit and grant observation access to experts from nonpartisan American organizations and educational institutions across the country.

Published: April 22, 2021

We are very concerned by the recent decision to restrict public access to the Arizona Senate’s audit of Mari­copa County’s Novem­ber 2020 general elec­tion, which includes races for federal, state legis­lat­ive and local office. Arizona has a strong history of ensur­ing trans­par­ency in the elec­tion process, and the current audit observer restric­tions viol­ate this tradi­tion, which is crit­ical to the confid­ence that Arizon­ans and Amer­ic­ans have in our elec­tions.

We urge the Arizona Senate to grant obser­va­tion access to elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion and voting machine experts, to release audit proced­ures to the public, and to stop efforts to under­mine confid­ence in our elec­tions.