PA official threatens counties that join state senator’s proposed election audit

A top Republican in the Pennsylvania State Senate announced plans this week to conduct an independent “forensic audit” of the 2020 election processes and results, which will start with three counties and could be expanded to include more.

The Democrat-led state government has fired back, though, with an issued directive that essentially threatens financial consequences for any counties that cooperate with the proposed audit, the Washington Examiner reported.

Forensic audit deemed necessary

The idea for a county-level, post-election audit, modeled after the recently concluded effort in Arizona’s Maricopa County, was put forward by state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R), chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, with the three selected counties for audit being Philadelphia, Tiago, and York Counties.

In an op-ed posted to his website, Mastriano explained that he had requested the “information and materials” needed for the “forensic investigation” in order to help restore trust in the electoral system among the “millions” of Pennsylvanians who still harbored “serious doubts” about the reported results of the 2020 presidential contest.

He further insisted that the audit was necessary “for the sake of transparency and accountability” and that the results, however they turned out, would either prove that alleged fraud and irregularities or vindicate those who have insisted that everything was clean and fair in the prior election.

PA Secretary of State objects

But Sen. Mastriano’s requests haven’t sat well with the Democratic leadership of the state, nor were his assurances in terms of security and transparency satisfactory to Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, according to the Examiner, as evidenced by a state-wide directive she issued Thursday.

Degraffenreid declared that allowing third-party entities access to election equipment “undermines chain of custody requirements and strict access limitations necessary to prevent both intentional and inadvertent tampering with electronic voting systems.”

“It also jeopardizes the security and integrity of those systems and will negate the ability of electronic voting system vendors to affirmatively state that such systems continue to meet Commonwealth security standards, are validated as not posing security risks, and are able to be certified to perform as designed by the electronic voting system vendor and as certified by both the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Department of State.”

As such, the secretary prohibited all county boards of elections from providing “physical, electronic, or internal access to third parties” for any sort of audit or examination of state-certified election equipment.

That included, but was not limited to, “election management software and systems, tabulators, scanners, counters, automatic tabulating equipment, voting devices, servers, ballot marking devices, paper ballot or ballot card printers, portable memory media devices (thumb drives, flash drives and the like), and any other hardware, software or devices being used as part of the election management system.”

Counties on the hook

Should any of the counties comply with Mastriano’s request, which could soon be backed by subpoenas, any equipment to which third parties were granted access would be deemed “no longer secure or reliable to use” and be stripped of its certification or use authority. Furthermore, the counties would not be reimbursed by the state for the costs of replacing the decertified equipment.

This is nothing short of a coercive and manipulative threat to prevent counties from cooperating with a lawful, Pennsylvania State Senate investigation that it has the authority to conduct as it sees fit, and only serves to raise the question: Why, exactly, are Democratic officials in Pennsylvania so dead set against any additional inquiries into the 2020 election that they repeatedly insist was entirely on the up-and-up?

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  5. For a fair and above board election. They sure Don’t want anyone to do any digging into it. That was the reason the house got broke into on the 6th of January and that’s why people know it was a set up from with in. To stop the count of votes. How many times do they have to stop the vote count before you know that Biden didn’t win nothing.

    1. IF there was nothing to hide, they would have no problem proving the elections were legit.

      1. That POS SOS needs to get her affairs in order prior to her arrest for TREASON. What an idiot that she does not understand what will happen to her once the fraud comes out. She is in denial and that may cost her her life. Wake up

      2. her actions make her look GUILTY AS HELL. Restrain her til the audit is complete. She sounds totally UNTRUSTWORTHY AND WHO KNOWS WHAT RETALIATION SHE MIGHT TAKE.

      3. You’d THINK that was so by anyone with COMMON SENSE! Protesting a forensic audit shows that the 2020 PA Elections results were questionable!!

      4. The fact that the Dems don’t want any investigations into the 2020 election proves the the Dems must be guilty of voter fraud. They should welcome an investigation so that all all doubt about voter fraud will be satisfied!

      1. WITH LIES CHEATING,,,STEALING,,,,MAGIC MACH,,,,MIDNITE BALLOT DELIVERY IS NOT WINNING ITS STEALING OUR ELEC,,ONLY WAY THEY KNEW THEY BE IN WHITE HOUSE CHEAT SOMETHING DEMON RATS DO WELL

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  14. Why are the Democrats so afraid of audits? What are they hiding? If the election was on the up and up they wouldn’t be acting like communists.

  15. Absolutely – – – and they believe that normal human beings, like you and me, are ridiculously too stupid to realize what they did, are doing, and will continue to do if we allow them to get away with it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what has happened; anyone with eyes and ears on election day, night, and up through the next morning, could hear and see exactly what took place in these precincts on national TV – – – not to mention, Joe “Lyin'” dementia-ridden Biden even admitted on TV that they had put in place the ‘best fraudulent means by which to steal the election.’ Had a Trumper made that statement, he or she would have been thrown under the jail just for making that acknowledgment about having done it!!!

    1. You are absolutely about that Sheila!
      I heard Biden say it myself on TV! I think you quoted it exactly. All I remember is him saying something about “…have the best (something or other …”to steal the election”. I’ll bet he said that to ease his conscience. Can you give me the time and date (and network) when you captured his remarks? Thank you, I appreciate it! Here is my email…[email protected]

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    2. DEMON RATS AND RINOS WORKED TOGETHER TO STEAL OUR VOTES AND ELEC, GOP DONT BACK DOWN DO THE AUDIT 2 THINGS DEMON RATS HATE TRUMP AND THE TRUTH

  16. They cheated and are fearful and ashamed
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  18. I would think Democrats would welcome these audits so they would be able to throw this back in Trumps face, makes me think they know something they don’t want the rest of us to see!

    1. By saying they would risk the possibility of being tampered with is a frank admission that they know those machines can be tampered with to change the count. Enough reason to stop any investigation which would make that info not only public but documented.

    2. THEY KNOW THEY LIED CHEATED RAINMAN BIDEN NEVER WOULD BE CLOSE IF THEY DIDNT CHEAT AND THEY KNEW IT 2022 WILL BE A SLAUGHTER UNLESS WE DONT DO AUDITS AND STOP DEMON RATS FROM LIES,,,,FAKE NEWS….CHEATING 2 THINGS DEMON RATS FEAR THE MOST TRUMP AND TRUTH

  19. Why, exactly, are Democratic officials in Pennsylvania so dead set against any additional inquiries into the 2020 election that they repeatedly insist was entirely on the up-and-up?
    Maybe they weren’t?

    1. HAHAH THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT ITS ROTTEN AND THEY DONT WANT US TO FIND OUT HOW ROTTEN 2022 WILL BE A SLAUGHTER IF GOP STOPS DEMON RATS FROM LIES,,,FAKE NEWS,,,CHEATING WITH MIDNITE BALLOT DELIVERY AND KEEP A VOTING DAY NOT WEEK

    2. I agree. Why is it all the states in question are run by liberals? Why are they all fighting the audits? They KNOW there was fraud and cheating or they would be hell bent onstopping the inquiries. Trump won and this isn’t the end of it.

  20. Mastriano is a political clown. He wants to copy and have Pa. pay for the most comical, incompetent audit ever done. He is being mocked and you “comically” are praising him. Pathetic!!!

  21. WHEN PRAISE IS NEEDED IN COVER UP IT PROVES HOW ROTTEN PA IS GOP DO THE AUDIT THEY WILL TRY EVERYTHING TO HIDE THEIR CHEATING DONT BACK DOWN THIS TIME

  22. How come none of my comments get posted this is your last chance to fix this< or I am dropping you from my comments.

  23. There’s a fraud in the White House… no way Biden got more votes than Obama did when he ran. The guy stayed in his basement the whole campaign for cryin’ out loud! Trump won ~ everyone knows it. He won so big it screwed up the machines. Wisconsin needs an audit too. Voter fraud is no stranger here. Most everyone I know came out and voted Trump…signs were out by the 1000’s and the lines were loooong, covid or no covid. Signs are still out!

  24. “Degraffenreid declared that allowing third-party entities (DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS CORP?) access to election equipment (provided and programmed by DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS CORP?) “undermines chain of custody requirements and strict access limitations necessary to prevent both intentional and inadvertent tampering with electronic voting systems.””
    I totally agree with her.

  25. I think every state should do an audit just to find out the truth. The Democrats have been doing this same stuff at a local level since the 1960’s. It is a shame it took this long before anything is done to secure our election process. First and foremost there is no way to make the electronic election system safe and secure. You have to many uneducated people making decisions that they know nothing about. I am not saying they are uneducated just not educated enough in the field of electronics to make those decisions. I wonder how many electrical engineers they have at their disposal to make the decisions they are making.

  26. These audits are the Democratic Party’s chance to verify that they won. Why are they objecting so vehemently, what are they afraid of? The answer is obvious. They are afraid of the truth. In fact their efforts to cover up the truth reveals that they are enemies of the Constitution of the United States. Where does that get them? Well if GITMO is filled up it might be Tierra del Fuego or Antarctica. Doesn’t matter. A noose is a noose and a hanging for treason is hanging no matter where it is.

  27. What are they afraid of? Perhaps (WE KNOW THE TRUTH) they are afraid something may be discovered. Maybe President Donald Trump is right and has been all along. Forensic audit. Let the American people decide. Afterall, it is still WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES .

  28. America wants justice! MI, WI, GA, PA, AZ, NV, need their votes sifted through. It’s not about “racial injustice.” The media, big Tech, and government officials, are all involved in the coverup. Americans need to collective work to ensure that actual 2020 election results are recorded, with bogus votes eliminated to correct the Electoral college count. That’s what has to be done… We need to correct the last election, as we move forward to eliminate the cheaters involved, and additionally prosecute those Demon Rats that committed treasonous acts to a President that actually won! Wake up America, our next generations are counting on us getting this right TODAY!…

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