Thursday, December 4, 2014

UPDATE, #AZ02 MCSALLY/BARBER RECOUNT: Judge Denies Barber Motion To Allow Campaign Observers And To Hand Count Early Ballots

The Barber campaign was unsuccessful in its attempt to allow observers from the Barber and McSally campaigns to observe the recounting of ballots, and to hand count early ballots in addition to those cast on election day.  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper today denied the two-prong motion for "clarify(ing)" those procedures, saying that they "deviate from the procedures" set forth in statutes and the manual.

GOP challenger Martha McSally holds a 161-vote lead over Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) heading into the recounting of ballots, which is set to begin today.

The Barber Motion to Clarify was filed on Monday (posted again below), the McSally campaign responded the next day and Barber filed a reply yesterday.

Here is the short ruling from Judge Cooper filed this morning:

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