Although state Senate President Karen Fann declared the firm met its contract duties, a technology business that aided in the Maricopa County, Arizona, ballot audit has left. The tasks have now been taken over by a new tech business based in Arizona, according to officials.
The contract with Wake Technology Services Inc. (Wake TSI), a Pennsylvania-based firm, expired on May 14, the hand count’s intended deadline. According to Andy Pullen, an audit spokesperson and former Arizona GOP chairman, the firm decided not to renew the contract.
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He said of Wake TSI, “They were done,” without going any detail. “They were adamant about not returning.”
According to accusations published a few days ago, Wake TSI conducted an audit in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, at the request of Republican state senators Doug Mastriano and Judy Ward. According to Ward, who told the Arizona Mirror that she passed Mastriano’s request to county officials, the politicians had asked for Wake to do the audit in the small Pennsylvania county. Mastriano was prominently involved in urging the state Legislature to reject Pennsylvania’s election certification in favor of former President Donald Trump in November 2020.
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StratTech Solutions, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has taken over Wake TSI’s hand count process and is following Wake TSI’s processes, according to Pullen.
Fann, a Republican, said the move was routine and that the corporation had fulfilled its requirements under the state’s contract.
According to the Republic, she stated, “They ended their contract, therefore they don’t need to be there anymore.”
Ken Bennett, the GOP-controlled state Senate’s audit liaison, said earlier this month that Wake TSI “probably [has] two to 300 persons under their employ or volunteers.” Pullen responded to Bennett’s Tuesday comments by saying that many of the same personnel will continue to work for StratTech S.
Requests for comment from Wake TSI, StratTech Solutions, Fann’s office, and Bennett’s team were not immediately returned.
Wake TSI’s departure was announced as Maricopa County staffers continued their audit of 2.1 million ballots cast in the county during the Nov. 3, 2020, election. The audit team, which was contracted by the state Senate, looked at about 500,000 ballots out of approximately 2.1 million cast in Maricopa County in the presidential race.
According to an agreement published by The Epoch Times, the Arizona Senate has custody of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix until June 30 to finish the audit.