State Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives sponsored a measure that sets up a near-immediate audit of the 2020 elections the Post Gazette is reporting. The Republican-sponsored measure was voted on and approved today.
This measure will allow an “immediate audit of the 2020 election.” State Congressmen said that the audit is necessary to investigate the “inconsistencies and confusion in the electorate.” The measure is their hope of ensuring the election process in Pennsylvania is improved significantly.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 112-90 approving the measure. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee will conduct the audit itself or hire a company to complete it. The timeline gives the legislature until early February to get the audit and report back to the House.
The committee’s report will include investigation information regarding each Pennsylvania county and the state in its entirety.
The report will include an audit of “both absentee and mail-in ballots, the number of applications received, the number that was approved by the county board of elections, and the number returned by voters that were subsequently canvassed.”
It will also include the number of legal voters who used provisional ballots. One of the irregularities that Republicans are claiming to find in Pennsylvania is an abnormally large number of voters that went in person on election day and were told they had to use a provisional ballot because the record shows they already voted by mail. The allegations claim this number could be as high as 17,000 voters in Pennsylvania alone.
The investigation will audit “the number of application 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.”
The Republicans are also investigating the “date and time that the county board of elections began pre-canvassing absentee ballots and mail-in ballots in the state. There are allegations that Democrats were allowed to go to pre-canvass absentee ballots and mail-in ballots before election day to fix anything wrong on their ballots. At the same time, Republicans were not given the same allowance.
The audit will also include a detailed investigation of incidents with voting machines, of any inconsistent treatment of mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day, of any inconsistencies in the way counties processed ‘deficient’ ballots, and of access given to poll watchers and ‘authorized representatives.’”
The Republicans were very clear that the audit was intended to investigate the “litany of inconsistencies” surrounding the Pennsylvania election and did not say that they were auditing due to “widespread fraud.” The Pennsylvania Congress said that “Pennsylvania citizens have questioned the process by which the 2020 general election has been conducted.”