The lawsuit, filed in Dane County Circuit Court on Friday by American Oversight, names Vos and Assembly Chief Clerk Ted Blazel, claiming they failed to comply with requests under Wisconsin's open records law dating back to the summer.
The following order signed by Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn announced the defendants need to comply "immediately" with the records requests or "show cause to the contrary" at a hearing on Nov. 5.
The lawsuit came after Vos signed subpoenas sought by the attorney leading the probe to compel testimony from top election clerks and mayors in Wisconsin's largest cities. Though, in a course reversal on Thursday, another attorney working with former conservative state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman for the inquiry announced that nobody would have to testify for now.
"The issue is that we need our own army of local bureaucrats," wrote attorney Andrew Kloster, who worked in former President Donald Trump's administration. "And we need to fight for our locales. We need our own irate hooligans (incidentally, this is why the left and our national security apparatus hates the Proud Boys) and our own captured DA offices to let our boys off the hook."
Vos hired Gableman to investigate the November 2020 election amid pressure by Trump and conservative constituents. Gableman is being given $11,000 a month in taxpayer funds for the examination, which has a budget of $676,000 that could be extended.
"Wisconsin has a right to know how this taxpayer-funded investigation is being orchestrated," announced Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight.
The watchdog's lawsuit is comparable to one filed in Arizona seeking records related to the Maricopa County audit carried by the private company Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based company hired by the majority-Republican Arizona Senate to lead the election investigation.
Cyber Ninjas was broadly panned for its lack of prior expertise in auditing elections. On Oct. 7, Gableman came under the same scrutiny when he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that "no one can call elections laws common sense."
"Once you understand them, it may be common sense, but it's not intuitive," Gableman announced. "And so most people, myself included, do not have a comprehensive understanding or even any understanding of how elections work."
Gableman's admission prompted a top Democratic attorney presiding over lawsuits against GOP attempts to alter election rules to underline his comment, questioning the former justice's competency to lead the election review effort.