WaEx: A Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker requested “information and materials” from multiple counties for a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 election, marking the first step toward creating a copycat of the partisan audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
State Rep. Doug Mastriano, who said he was encouraged to run for governor by former President Donald Trump, is certain to meet resistance from Democrats in the Legislature as well as state officials who have heavily criticized efforts to question the integrity of the November contest during which Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes.
By sending out letters to “several” counties on Wednesday, Mastriano, who is chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, is fulfilling the wishes of Trump and his allies who have called for “forensic” audits in more battleground states that they insist were stolen due to fraud despite election officials asserting they were secure and the courts rejecting lawsuits meant to overturn the results.
Like in Arizona, post-election audits by election officials showed no widespread fraud, but Trump and his allies are calling for more in-depth partisan investigations while calling into question several facets of the election, including the voting machines used. But there have been explosive repercussions. Maricopa County officials announced last week that their voting machines that were subpoenaed for the audit will be removed from service after Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, threatened to decertify the equipment.