Envoy Sage can’t protect data, Attorney General says, and is not qualified to conduct election audit

Written by on December 8, 2021

Envoy Sage can’t protect data, Attorney General says, and is not qualified to conduct election audit

By Sam Dunklau

December 8, 2021

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Envoy Sage is unqualified to audit the 2020 election. (Photo | Matt Rourke/AP / File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A group led by the state’s Attorney General said it can prove the Senate’s election investigation is problematic enough to be stopped by a state court.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro is leading a group of lawyers who argue Envoy Sage is led by a partisan actor and can’t safely conduct an election review.

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In a brief filed in Commonwealth Court, the group said it’s unknown whether the firm hired by Senate Republicans has secure servers or data protection protocols.

It also points to evidence its president, Steven Lahr has donated to Republican candidates in the past and has critical views of Democrats, tech companies and media.

Shapiro and others said because of that, Envoy Sage can’t be trusted to be the “non-partisan” reviewer the Senate GOP claims it is, nor can it safely store private data on millions of voters.

Oral arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the release of that data are set for next month.

Neither Envoy Sage nor Senate Republicans returned requests for comment.

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