A partisan inquiry into Pa.’s last two elections is set to begin this week

Written by on September 7, 2021

A partisan inquiry into Pa.’s last two elections is set to begin this week

by Sam Dunklau / WITF News

September 7, 2021

Photo by Katherine Mcadoo, Unsplash

A state Senate panel will soon hold its first hearing on investigating the last two elections even though both contests have already been confirmed as free and fair.

The panel, led by Rep. Cris Dush (R-Cameron), and with the blessing of Senate President Jake Corman, (R- Centre Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata), will meet on Sept. 9.

In a statement, Dush said a focus of that meeting may be on the Department of State’s “last minute guidance” to counties in the lead-up to last’s fall election.

Eventually, Dush said, the panel plans to examine DOS and county election materials, and may even subpoena them if necessary.

At the same time, Senate Republicans have launched a website for people to share their election stories.

Anyone who submits one must be willing to sign an affidavit swearing their story is true.

The inquiry is moving forward despite the state Senate’s months-long election investigation in the spring that yielded ideas for improvement, a swath of court rulings rejecting allegations of widespread fraud in 2020, and two separate state-mandated audits that confirmed the results.

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