Court Tosses GOP Lawsuit Against Arizona County

The Arizona Republic reports:

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Thursday dismissed an Arizona Republican Party lawsuit seeking a new audit of Maricopa County ballots and denied the GOP’s request to delay certification of election results.

The decision appears to leave just one election-related challenge — which will not affect the results of any races — pending in Arizona. The Arizona Republican Party had filed its suit last week, alleging Maricopa County officials violated state law when they conducted a hand-count audit based on vote centers, open to any voter in the county, instead of assigned precincts.

The results of the vote center audit, which had bipartisan oversight, matched electronic counts exactly. But the GOP wanted a new, precinct-based hand count, saying the method would produce more “precise” results.

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Photo: Arizona GOP state party chair Kelli Ward.