new firm has taken ownership of hosting Maryland’s elections data after a federal investigation into the Russian ties of the previous vendor. Maryland elections administrator Linda Lamone said Monday the state will use Intelishift, a Virginia-based data center, and its subsidiary, The Sidus Group, through Dec. 31. The Sidus Group was previously a unit of ByteGrid LLC. The FBI revealed in July that ByteGrid was connected to Vladimir Potanin, a wealthy ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Potanin is an investor in a private equity firm, Altpoint Capital of Greenwich, Connecticut, that bought an ownership stake in ByteGrid in 2011. ByteGrid — through The Sidus Group — hosted Maryland’s online voter services, election-night website and voter registration, candidacy and election management systems.
ByteGrid insisted at the time of the FBI announcement that its investors “have no involvement or control in company operations.”
Neither Intelishift or ByteGrid responded to a request for comment on the transfer of ownership of The Sidus Group.
“The State Board of Election is in the process of confirming with our federal government partners the corporate and financial background of Intelishift,”