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Arizona: Judge Orders Election Database Release PDF  | Print |  Email
By Tom Ryan, Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections   
December 19, 2007

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After a four day trial, Superior Court Judge Michael Miller today ordered the 2006 Primary and General election GEMS database files, both .mdb and .gbf, be released to the Pima County Democratic Party.
The Party brought suit after Pima County denied the public records request.


The judge denied the release of ALL past Pima County database files, as requested by the Party. However, he left open the possibility of releasing more database files after analysis of the released files.

The judge recognized that the political parties have a role in observing election and protecting election integrity, and in Pima County, the Elections Division has made a lot of changes in response to recommendations by the Democratic Party. The judge ruled that the election database is just a document containing data and is not part of the GEMS computer program as Pima County had claimed.

The county tried to show that security would be compromised by releasing the databases. The judge concluded that there is a small risk but it is outweighed by the public interest in having additional
scrutiny of the election database. He also noted that prior release of other GEMS databases (e.g. Alaska) has had no detrimental effects.

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