Pa. legislative committee to audit county election data

Written by on November 25, 2020

Pa. legislative committee to audit county election data

The GOP-backed resolution means counties will turn over voting data within the next 45 days.

By Sam Dunklau/ WITF

November 24, 2020

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pennsylvania election officials mailed out 1.8 million ballots but counted votes from more than 2.5 mailed ballots. The false statistic combines data from Pennsylvania’s June primary election, in which 1.8 million voters requested vote-by-mail ballots, and data from the general election, in which voters mailed back more than 2.6 million ballots that were counted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A bipartisan state legislative committee has voted down a move by House Republicans directing it to audit the election process. The move comes just days after a pitched battle on the issue.

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The panel says it could not undertake an election audit by itself, and no auditing firm was willing to do one in the two to three month timeline. 

The move effectively stops the legislature from questioning the vote process until at least January.

That didn’t stop Republican Representative Seth Grove of York County from issuing his own report, which cites “evolving directives” by the Department of State and Pa. Supreme Court as problematic — but avoids any pronouncements about voter fraud.

He says that’s a separate issue:

“The General Assembly does not do criminal actions or investigate criminal actions. Fraud is a criminal action which needs investigating by law enforcement personnel.”

While the state GOP has supported President Trump’s legal challenges in Pennsylvania, his campaign has not produced any evidence of fraud and judges have ruled against or dismissed several of their cases. 

Grove did not say if he or others will examine the Trump campaign’s attempt to overturn the results of the election.

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