Pennsylvania looks to begin Arizona-style election audit

Pennsylvania Republicans are reportedly discussing a 2020 presidential election audit modeled after the Maricopa County audit in Arizona.

“While we cannot predict how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would decide the issue, in our opinion, to a reasonable degree of legal certainty, Pennsylvania law does not prohibit the Caucus or Committee from accepting or benefiting from such financial support,” lawyer Bruce S. Marks said in a recent letter to the Republican delegation obtained by the Associated Press.

President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by just over one percent of the state’s votes.

Though former President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed election fraud occurred in Pennsylvania and other states, no clear evidence has proven the claims.

How an Audit Could Happen

GOP leaders in the state continue to pursue legal means, however, to better determine the legitimacy of such claims. A three-person delegation visited the Arizona audit, led by state Sen. Doug Mastriano.

“Transparency is a must in our republic,” the delegation said in a press release last month, according to the Washington Times. “Every citizen should be confident that their vote counts.”

The report also noted, “Mastriano, who chairs the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, led a private briefing last week to update the Republican delegation on his plan, which could include a subpoena of more than 2 million ballots, counting machines, and computer data to ‘develop legislation which will enhance voter participation and election integrity.'”

It is unclear whether the state would approve the maneuver.  In addition, the cost of the proposed audit could make it a tough decision for the state legislator.

The Arizona Model

In Arizona, the audit was funded by anonymous donors. The state Senate approved $150,000, but the amount was considered far short of what was needed to conduct the wide scale audit.

Some have questioned the private donations, however, suggesting the “dark money” allows favor and access to donors. Donors argue they are only helping fund the project and have no other access to the process or results.

Another financial issue in Arizona has become the decision to replace the voting machines used in the audit. Supporters both for and against the audit agree the machines have now been compromised and must be replaced.

The battle in Pennsylvania will certainly not end soon. Many Trump supporters in the state continue to push for an audit of some kind to help improve the voting process in future elections.

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