Wake TSI, a Pennsylvania-based IT company, has decided to step away from being in charge of the hand recount of Maricopa County, Arizona.
This 2020 election audit, which has been objected to by Democrats, began back in April, nearly six months after President Joe Biden managed to win the state by more than 10,000 votes.
After former President Donald Trump won the state during the 2016 election, Arizona was one of the states to flip in 2020 for now-President Biden.
This audit has been largely brought on by the “Stop the Steal” movement, or people who believe the election was stolen from Trump.
Read on to learn more about the audit and to find out which company is now in charge.
Wake TSI’s Contract Ended on May 14 and They Decided Not to Renew
Wake TSI’s contract ended on May 14, which was supposed to be the completion date of the hand count. However, due to poor management, they were not able to finish by May 14. But, instead of returning to complete the job, Wake TSI chose to not renew their contract.
According to audit spokesperson and former state GOP chair Randy Pullen, they had no interest in returning.
“They were done. They didn’t want to come back,” he told USAToday.
While Wake TSI oversaw all the procedures having to do with recounting Maricopa County’s 2 million ballots, they were ultimately working under Cyber Ninjas, the main contractor performing the overall audit.
Wake TSI has had election audit experience, as their employees actually did the 2020 hand count in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.
Audit Was on a Break From May 14 to May 24
The audit was on a break from May 14 to May 24 due to graduations taking place in the location where the audit was happening.
Since Wake TSI’s departure, StratTech Solutions, which focuses on internet technology (such as enterprise cloud storage and security), has since taken over the hand count.
They’ve reportedly been involved with the audit since the very beginning, though they supposedly have no election auditing experience. However, they are continuing with Wake TSI’s system.
The Audit Has Been Messy From the Start
While the reason for the audit is controversial enough, it was also revealed Cyber Ninja CEO Doug Logan had brought up claims of election fraud on social media.
And, though many believe the audit has been mismanaged, Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, said the reason Wake TSI stepped away was simply that their contract was up.
“They finished up with their contract, so they don’t need to be there anymore,” she explained.