The Trump Team picked up a humungous win in its fight to overcome the rampant corruption in the Keystone State.
Although bitterly divided, the Pennsylvania House voted for an audit of the election.
The chamber voted 112 to 90 for the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to audit Pennsylvania’s results.
To ensure the public’s trust in Pennsylvania’s election process, the House State Government Committee is taking up HR1100 to require the non-partisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a risk-limiting audit of the 2020 election.
— Rep. Torren Ecker (@EckerRep) November 18, 2020
BREAKING: Divided Pa. House gives approval for near-immediate audit of 2020 election, citing inconsistencies and confusion in electorate. https://t.co/NPiwpKDt6E
— The Morning Call (@mcall) November 19, 2020
Pennsylvania experimented with mass mail in voting for the first time in 2020 so an audit is simply common sense. Why are Democrats so defensive about it? https://t.co/Shqqb6dr4h
— Citizens United (@Citizens_United) November 20, 2020
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shed further details on the vote:
Republicans argued they were responding to constituents who were confused by some of the procedures as the state conducted a high-turnout election during a pandemic and under greatly expanded mail-in voting eligibility.
Democratic arguments that the measure should be revised or was unconstitutional were defeated by the GOP majority.
“There is no need to fear this audit. I welcome it. We all should welcome it, to find out what went right and what went wrong,” said Bedford County Rep. Jesse Topper, the prime sponsor of the resolution.
The resolution does not require approval by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf or the state Senate. There is no limit on how much the committee can spend on the study.
Separately, the Department of State plans another “risk limiting” audit under a pilot program to apply statistical tools that will measure the election’s accuracy and check for possible interference.
This second audit is to involve data from every county.
What is to be reported for each county and the state overall?
• For both absentee and mail-in ballots, the number of applications received, the number that were approved by the county board of elections, and the number returned by voters that were subsequently canvassed.
• The number of qualified voters who used provisional ballots.
• The number of applications for absentee ballots from people who were not registered to vote, but subsequently did submit a voter registration application in time for the election — and the same information concerning mail-in ballots.
• For each county, the date and time that the county board of elections began pre-canvassing absentee ballots and mail-in ballots.
The number of inconsistencies, voting irregularities, and corruption has been off the charts in Pennsylvania and the public’s trust has eroded this election cycle.
Let’s hope this audit uncovers the answers Pennsylvania voters are searching for!