Washington, DC – An initial hearing is scheduled for this Thursday, May 27, in American Oversight’s public records suit against the Arizona Senate. The lawsuit, filed by the watchdog group on May 19, is seeking the release of key documents related to the Arizona Senate’s audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County. 

“With the audit resuming this week, it is even more essential that the public gets answers about what exactly the Senate and its agents like Cyber Ninjas are doing and why,” said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, “The Senate has done everything within its power to shield this partisan audit from scrutiny, but transparency is coming.” 

The hearing on May 27, known as a return hearing, will take place virtually at 10 am MST and is expected to set a schedule for the next stage of the litigation. 

American Oversight’s litigation aims to provide the public with urgently needed answers to determine if the audit is intended to return legitimate results through a secure and honest process or to serve political ends.  

View documents, follow litigation, and track American Oversight’s investigation here: https://www.americanoversight.org/investigation/the-arizona-senates-partisan-audit-of-maricopa-county-election-results

American Oversight is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit ethics watchdog that uses public records requests backed by litigation to expose official misconduct, threats to democracy, and abuses of power at all levels of government. Documents obtained by American Oversight have supported investigative work by journalists, congressional committees, and independent watchdogs, and have been featured in hundreds of news reports across the country. Follow us at @weareoversight and learn more at http://www.americanoversight.org