There is an ongoing forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County, Arizona, and a similar effort is supposed to begin soon in Fulton County, Georgia to clear up remaining questions about the accuracy and integrity of the ballot-counting processes.
It appears a statewide audit of the 2020 election modeled after what is occurring in Arizona is now being considered in Pennsylvania as well, PJ Media reported.
Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania are all battleground states that former President Donald Trump won in 2016 but narrowly lost to President Joe Biden in 2020, allegedly due to fraud and irregularities.
“A fact-finding mission”
The Epoch Times reported this week that a trio of Republican state lawmakers from the Keystone State toured the facility in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday to survey the ongoing Maricopa County audit and speak with Arizona lawmakers, with the possibility that a similar effort could be conducted in their home state.
“I kind of see this as a fact-finding mission to see what’s happening on the ground in Arizona, how it’s happening, and if it’s something that should be done in other states,” Pennsylvania state Rep. Rob Kaufmann told the outlet.
Kaufmann was joined by fellow Republican state Sens. Doug Mastriano and Chris Dush, and when asked if the trip would result in a similar audit in Pennsylvania, Dush replied, “I can’t say that yet, but if we bring some substantial information back with us I could see it happening.”
The Epoch Times noted that the lawmakers had all previously called for audits of the 2020 election results, and while there were some limited reviews of ballots in certain locations in the immediate aftermath of the election, those efforts failed to uncover any widespread fraud or irregularities and seemed to confirm Biden had won the state.
Proposed audit supported in Senate
According to local NBC affiliate WGAL, those Pennsylvania legislators are now calling for a similar forensic audit to be conducted, with Mastriano saying, “I’m convinced it needs to happen here.”
He also noted, in response to Democratic critics in the state, that the trip to Arizona was not paid for by taxpayers and that an audit in Pennsylvania would be nonpartisan and transparent. “Should an audit happen in Pennsylvania, the Arizona model is the one,” he said.
The proposed effort is backed by Republican state Sen. Dave Argall, chair of the Senate State Government Committee, who said, “I support the call for an election audit, in order to answer any lingering questions that still remain about the fairness of the 2020 elections in Pennsylvania.”
However, WGAL noted that Argall’s counterpart in the House, GOP Rep. Seth Grove, made it clear in a tweet that an authorized audit had already been proposed and rejected by the legislature. “The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election,” Grove said. “We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
That said, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported that, similar to how the Maricopa County audit was pushed solely by the Arizona Senate, the Pennsylvania Senate likewise had the independent authority to issue subpoenas and order an audit without the support of the House or any other state officials.