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Politics Pennsylvania senator to seek subpoenas for 2020 election forensic audit

06:10  24 july  2021
06:10  24 july  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Pennsylvania county refuses access to voting machines for forensic audit

  Pennsylvania county refuses access to voting machines for forensic audit At least one of the three Pennsylvania counties contacted by a top Republican state lawmaker seeking election materials and information for a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 election and 2021 primary will not offer up its voting machines for review. © Provided by Washington Examiner The trio of commissioners in rural Tioga County decided they would not allow access to their voting machines after Pennsylvania's Department of State advised counties against giving "third-party entities" access to the equipment or they'd risk decertification.

A Pennsylvania senator announced on July 7 that he has triggered a forensic investigation of the 2020 and 2021 elections . State Sen . Doug Mastriano, a Republican, issued letters to several counties requesting information and materials that he said would enable an investigation. They were asked to send over hard copies of ballots and other election materials. Mastriano expects a court battle to play out and is ready to go to his committee and request subpoena power if the counties don’t comply or indicate their willingness to comply by July 31. A deputy for Philadelphia Commissioner Omar Sabir, a

UPDATE: PA State Senator Doug Mastriano Initiates Full Forensic Audit – Says He Has the Votes on Committee for Subpoenas to Audit Several Pennsylvania Counties –VIDEO. “The Department of State’s directive is an attack on the General Assembly’s power to review, investigate, and legislate in matters within its legislative authority, which includes Pennsylvania ’s election system. The Legislature has clear authority – both statutorily and constitutionally – to provide oversight and issue subpoenas .

Subpoenas for a top Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker's "forensic investigation" of the 2020 election are on the horizon.

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State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, who this month sent letters to three counties seeking 2020 election information and materials, said on Friday the trio want "legal cover" if they are to comply with his request for the audit, to which Democratic officials in the state have voiced opposition.

The panel will "probably" vote on subpoenas, along with figuring out chain of custody, sometime in mid-August, Mastriano told One America News Network, noting that a meeting needs to be scheduled. He also predicted there will be some sort of "court fight."

Breaking down the 2020 election audits still underway

  Breaking down the 2020 election audits still underway While President Joe Biden secured a victory in the 2020 race more than nine months ago, some efforts to review how the election was handled are still underway. © Provided by Washington Examiner The ongoing or proposed reviews come against the backdrop of several GOP states pursuing changes to their election laws that Republicans say are necessary to restore trust in elections. However, Democrats say the basis of both the reviews and the voting reforms is a lie told by former President Donald Trump about the election being stolen — a claim with no evidence.Here is where 2020 election reviews stand now.

A Pennsylvania senator announced on July 7 that he has triggered a forensic investigation of the 2020 and 2021 elections . State Sen . A deputy for Philadelphia Commissioner Omar Sabir, a Democrat, told The Epoch Times that Sabir believes the elections were run freely and secure. He said that the commissioners are consulting with the city’s law department on the request from the state Senate . Nick Custodio, a deputy for Philadelphia Commissioner Lisa Deeley, a Democrat, said that her office is reviewing the requests.

The 2020 elections for the Pennsylvania State Senate were held on November 3, 2020 , with 25 of 50 districts being contested. Primary elections were held on June 2, 2020 .

Letters were sent to Philadelphia County, York County, and Tiago County. Mastriano set a deadline of July 31 and threatened to pursue subpoenas if they did not comply, setting up a process reminiscent of the run-up to the GOP-led Arizona Senate's audit in Maricopa County. Some officials in these Pennsylvania counties had already signaled they would not fully comply with the request as things stood.

Shortly after Mastriano sent his letters, Pennsylvania's Department of State advised all counties in the state against giving "third-party entities" access to the equipment or they'd risk decertification.

Voting machines in Pennsylvania's Fulton County were decertified after local officials cooperated with a separate audit and allowed a third-party contractor to access data, Degraffenreid told county officials in a letter on Tuesday.

Maricopa County audit team says ballots not 'at risk' from water leak

  Maricopa County audit team says ballots not 'at risk' from water leak Afternoon thunderstorms caused a leak in the facility where workers moved operations for an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, but ballots are safe, a representative for Arizona Senate Republican's review said Friday.Phoenix and other parts of the state have experienced heavy rainfall and flash flooding, leading to roof damage to the facility where the GOP-led state Senate's audit team transported materials from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum earlier this month.

Pennsylvania 's top election official has decertified the voting equipment of a rural county that participated in an audit of the 2020 election requested by a Republican state lawmaker and staunch ally of former President Donald Trump. The audit was conducted in December at the request of Republican state Senators Doug Mastriano and Judy Ward, who asked county officials to allow Wake Technology Services Inc to probe the county's results, according to media reports. Degraffenreid's announcement was the latest salvo in a battle between Mastriano, a promoter of Trump's false

One of the Pennsylvania counties targeted in a Republican lawmaker's " forensic investigation" into the 2020 election has beefed up security around its courthouse following threatening posts on social media, one of its commissioners told Reuters. State Senator Doug Mastriano, a promoter of Trump's baseless stolen- election claims, has nevertheless argued that a deeper probe involving the inspection of equipment was needed because so many people doubted Trump's defeat. Earlier this month, he started the probe with requests to Tioga, Philadelphia and York counties for access to their voting

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Mastriano, who has said former President Donald Trump encouraged him to run for governor in 2022, played a role in backing the Wake TSI review and said on Friday that "it is a darn shame they are being made an example of. And we will have their backs."

President Joe Biden won the state of Pennsylvania by more than 81,000 votes. The state's Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, has signaled his readiness to fight Mastriano's investigation.

"This illogical, partisan effort to overturn the 2020 election will only lead to the decertification of voting machines that are compromised, additional expense for counties, and more partisanship that only seeks to undermine Pennsylvania’s elections. The administration will stand up to any attempt to disrupt our electoral process and undermine our elections," said Wolf spokeswoman Elizabeth Rementer.

Trump encourages potential Texas election audit

  Trump encourages potential Texas election audit Former President Donald Trump is applauding suggestions that Republicans in Texas may open an Arizona-style forensic audit of its 2020 election results. © Provided by Washington Examiner Trump, who has frequently touted theories of widespread voter fraud without offering evidence, encouraged Texas officials to audit its election results "even though I won Texas by a lot." "I said, 'You should do it because you'll find out what's going on in this country.

PA ’s top election officials have decertified Fulton County’s voting machines after they were compromised in a post- election inspection done by a third party company called Wake TSI earlier this year. Degraffenreid claimed that the inspection, as part of the 2020 audit , violated state law in a Wednesday letter to Fulton County officials. She claimed the software firm, a West Chester-based company called Wake TSI, had “no knowledge or expertise in election technology,” according to The AP.

Fulton County’s election audit predated the partisan audit now under way in Maricopa County, Arizona, which Wake TSI similarly participated in until pulling out of the recount in May when their contract expired. The Arizona audit has come under widespread criticism and is now under investigation by the House Oversight Committee, but has nevertheless spurred a new nationwide effort by Republican state lawmakers to launch their own election probes. How the push by Trump allies to undermine the 2020 results through ballot reviews started quietly in Pennsylvania (Washington Post).

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Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker slams effort to audit the 2020 election results 'absent credible evidence of fraud' .
Laughlin rebuked the efforts of conservative state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who has been the leading force behind a potential audit in the Keystone State.In a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review op-ed that ran on Thursday, state Sen. Dan Laughlin of Erie County spoke out against an investigation of the election results, emphasizing that such a probe would be conducted "absent credible evidence of fraud" and would "only further the paranoid atmospherics, poisoning both parties.

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