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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Some in GOP want audit of PA election like Arizona’s

Posted by M. C. on June 5, 2021

“Pennsylvania had a free and secure election.”-Comrade Wolf

What do you suppose the reaction would be from the IRS or PA treasury looking for an audit when you said “but it was a full and complete return, this is a disgrace to democracy”?

But Rep. Grove says it will not be authorized

J.D. Prose Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK – PENNSYLVANIA

In the wake of a Republican legislative delegation’s visit to watch the partisan audit of Arizona’s election results, there could be a split among GOP leaders on whether to pursue a similar audit in Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin County; state Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson County; and state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin County, were in Arizona to review that state’s election audit orchestrated by Senate Republicans unhappy that former President Donald Trump lost Arizona.

President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by 80,555 votes, according to the

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Pennsylvania Department of State. Biden won Arizona by just under 10,555 votes.

Following the Arizona trip, Mastriano, a possible governor candidate in 2022 who organized a bus trip to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, but denies participating in the U.S. Capitol insurrection, called for an audit of certain counties during an appearance on the farright One America News Network, which has continually fueled conspiracy theories about the validity of the presidential election.

“I don’t think we really have an option. We probably have to do this in a couple counties. Let the chips fall where they may,” Mastriano said.

“This is not about overturning. It’s about finding the truth.”

Will an audit happen in Pa.?

The prospects for an audit happening in Harrisburg, though, appear hazy as two GOP leaders shared their thoughts after Mastriano’s trip.

State Sen. Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill County, the chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, told that, “We are still reviewing the pros and cons.”

However, state Rep. Seth Grove, RYork County, was clearly opposed to one in a Twitter post on Thursday.

“The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election,” Grove wrote.

“We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

Grove has led a series of hearings this year on the election and potential changes to the state’s election laws.

There is also a bipartisan special state Senate committee preparing a report on its findings after holding several election hearings.

Gov. Tom Wolf addressed the Arizona audit and a possible Pennsylvania one in a Friday morning tweet.

“What they’re calling for isn’t an ‘audit.’ It’s a taxpayer-funded disinformation campaign and a disgrace to democracy,” Wolf wrote.

“Pennsylvania had a free and secure election. That’s a fact. Pennsylvanians deserve better from their elected officials.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, considered the Democratic front-runner for governor, went on MSNBC to decry the Arizona audit as a “sham.”

He said it is just the latest in the GOP’s effort to sow doubt on the 2020 election results, an effort he said led to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“This now the next chapter in that, continuing to perpetuate the big lie and then pushing forward legislation and these sham audits in various states to try and make it harder for peoples voices to count,” Shapiro told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.

“If they try and bring this nonsense, this sham audit, to Pennsylvania, they’ll have to go through me,” he said, “and every time they’ve tried to take me on when it comes to voter enfranchisement, or in their case voter disenfranchisement, they’ve lost and I’ve won and we’ve protected the people of Pennsylvania.”

J.D. Prose is a reporter with the USA TODAY Network’s Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau. He can be reached at

‘We probably have to do this in a couple counties. Let the chips fall where they may,” state Sen. Doug Mastriano said on the OAN Network about an Arizona-style audit of Pennsylvania’s presidential election results. DAN RAINVILLE/THE EVENING SUN

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