Voting Machine Company Says Wisconsin Election Probe 'Fishing Expedition,' Won't Cooperate

A voting machine company subpoenaed by an attorney investigating the 2020 election results in Wisconsin sent a letter to him saying it would not comply.

Michael Gableman, a Wisconsin attorney and former state Supreme Court justice, subpoenaed several people and entities, including Nebraska-based voting machine company Election Systems & Software (ES&S), after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired him to investigate the 2020 election in the state, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

A copy of the letter from ES&S, dated January 21 and signed by attorneys Michael Cox, Daniel Fischer and Michael Maistelman, was obtained by the Associated Press. It said the company "is under no obligation to respond to any of the subpoenas."

In the letter, the attorneys called the subpoenas "quintessential fishing expeditions casting their nets as wide as possible in the hopes that something which might actually be sought is caught within the net but amidst the thousands upon thousands of other documents and pages that have no relevancy to the matter."

According to the AP, the lawyers representing ES&S said the subpoenas appeared to cover every communication ES&S had regarding Wisconsin elections for two years. This includes software codes for the machines.

The Journal Sentinel added that the subpoenas demanded the requested documents be turned in by later this month and that company officials testify in private in Gableman's rented Brookfield, Wisconsin, office.

The letter from ES&S stated that it can't be compelled to provide records that would take weeks to months to acquire, adding that the records in question are in Nebraska, not Wisconsin. It also said the subpoenas were not "properly served" and Gableman can't make someone from ES&S take part in a closed-door interview, the AP reported.

President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump by 21,000 votes in the state, which the Journal Sentinel said has been confirmed by recounts Trump paid for as well as a statewide audit and several court rulings.

Vos has given Gableman a tax-funded budget of $676,000 to give the election another review, according to the newspaper.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Katina Granger, the company's senior manager for public relations, doubled down on the belief that the investigation would not prove anything new.

"All forms of evidence, including audits, have already clearly shown that Wisconsin votes were accurately counted in the 2020 general election," Granger's statement said. "We are confident that any further reviews would confirm the same."

Besides ES&S, Gableman has subpoenaed the mayors of five Wisconsin cities, an immigrant rights group, a top election official and Colorado-based voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems, the AP reported.

Vos did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment, and Gableman could not be immediately reached.

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Election Systems & Software, a Nebraska voting machine company, said it would not comply with a Wisconsin attorney's subpoena regarding the 2020 presidential election. Above, an election worker shows ballots to representatives of former President Donald Trump during the presidential vote recount for Dane County, Wisconsin, on November 20, 2020, in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images