An Arizona state court judge refused to seal evidence, including video taken within a polling place and declaration of witnesses with their name and other identifying information, in a case brought by the Trump campaign and Arizona Republican Party claiming voter fraud.
Judge Daniel Kiley refused the request, Phoenix NBC network affiliate KPNX reported, apparently agreeing with attorneys for Maricopa County officials.
The Trump campaign and Arizona GOP filed the lawsuit on Saturday claiming that thousands of votes in Maricopa County were unlawfully disqualified or considered ''overvotes'' — voided because they were marked for more than one candidate in the same race. They asked for the sealing of the evidence in a subsequent motion.
However, Maricopa County officials claim there were only 180 overvotes.
The Republicans wanted the evidence for their claim sealed to protect the identity of the voters, but the Democrats and Maricopa County officials objected.
"If you are going to bring a case and claim you have evidence that the election is no good, that there’s systematic failure, that there’s thousands of ballots out there for Donald J. Trump that aren’t being counted, you must make it in the sunshine," Maricopa County Deputy Attorney Tom Liddy said.
The evidence was not sealed in preparation for an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Thursday, Fox News reported.
The exhibits were to be shared among attorneys unredacted and then be redacted if ''used at trial.''
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