A judge cast doubt on the future of a Republican-backed 2020 election audit in Maricopa County that Democrats are trying to shut down through a legal challenge raising concerns about adherence to state election laws and regulations.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin, who was assigned to the case on Monday after the first judge recused himself, said that he has some reservations about the review process but needs to hear more during a hearing set for Wednesday.

“I will share with you all, I am not yet persuaded that there has been a showing that the rights of the voters in Maricopa County are being projected,” Martin said during a lengthy hearing on Tuesday. “And I think we will touch on this tomorrow when we address the policies and procedures and whether or not they can be withheld from public view.”

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