The company Wake TSI must produce records related to its review of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania’s Fulton County, a court ordered in American Oversight’s lawsuit.
The technology firm, which was closely involved in post-2020 election-denial efforts, must, by Aug. 12, release records responsive to three Right-to-Know requests that American Oversight filed in July 2021. The court order is a victory for transparency and holding accountable those who attempted to undermine the results of the 2020 election.
In response to conspiracy theorists claiming the 2020 election had been marred by fraud, Fulton County election officials agreed to have Wake TSI conduct a review of voting machines, mail-in ballots, and absentee ballots. American Oversight sued Fulton County in January 2022 for public records from the election review. The review had been instigated by state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who, according to records obtained by American Oversight, had threatened the county with subpoenas unless they voluntarily participated in an audit of votes.
In December 2022, we sent a letter to Wake TSI requesting that it “preserve and keep safe” any and all related records, including emails and text messages exchanged with the county commissioners and elections director. In April, American Oversight filed an amended complaint adding Wake TSI as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Wake TSI has been deeply involved in the election denial movement, and not just in Pennsylvania. The firm subcontracted with Cyber Ninjas in early 2021 to help conduct the Arizona Senate’s sham “audit” of votes cast in Maricopa County. American Oversight has obtained numerous records providing details about Wake TSI’s role in that review, including documents showing that Wake TSI employees were routinely copied on operational emails and that the firm had hired several election deniers and conspiracy theorists to work on the “audit.”
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