A superior court judge in the state of Arizona has denied Donald Trump’s reelection team’s request to seal evidence in his legal case that accuses poll workers in the state’s largest county of Maricopa of “incorrectly” rejecting Election Day votes.
According to Fox News, Judge Daniel Kiley presided over the case and did not add any comments on his ruling pertaining to the evidence. However, he did deny the team’s motion to seal the evidence that the team cited as sensitive. Instead of sealing the evidence, the judge says it can be redacted prior to the hearing.
The lawsuit alleges that poll workers disregarded procedure, and as a result, thousands of ballots could have been left from the count or considered “overvotes.” Even if this is the case, officials from the county say only 180 ballots fell under this category, assuming not enough to cause any change in the projection of the election.
In their own words, it is a figure that won’t “make one iota of difference.” Projected-electee Joe Biden won the state by a 0.3% margin, 49.4% to 49.1%.
The last time Arizona was covered in Democratic blue was in 1994, win President Bill Clinton was elected.
And votes continue to be counted, Biden still leads by a hefty 14, 746 votes over Trump. Arizona surely helped Joe Biden become the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Still, Donald Trump is putting up a fight. The Arizona suit was filed Saturday alongside the Arizona Republican Party and Republican National Committee. On Tuesday, the Republican-led coalition announced its plan to hand over evidence that would include a feed from inside a polling place.
The opposing side of the suit, which is led by Maricopa County attorney Thomas Liddy says election officials have no issue redacting the sensitive voter information—birthdays, signatures, and social security numbers. But noted that this lawsuit was “not a standard, run-of-the-mill election law challenge,” and taking footage less than 75 feet away would be considered a Class 2 misdemeanor.
The case is set to be heard at a Thursday hearing.