Pennsylvania Sen. Mastriano Initiated A Forensic Audit Of The 2020 General Election

Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano is initiating a forensic audit of the 2020 General Election and the 2021 Primary in Pennsylvania. Sen. Mastriano made waves during the election pushing for transparency into the mounting fraud allegations.

Now he plans to do it all over again. Sen. Mastriano’s news release said, “a forensic investigation of our election results and process for the 2020 General Election and the 2021 Primary will go a long way to restore in our system.”

Sen. Mastriano said he used his power as Chair of Pennsylvania’s Intergovernmental Operations Committee to issue “letters to several counties requesting information and materials needed to conduct a forensic investigation of the 2020 General Election and the 2021 Primary.”

The deadline for the counties to stay in compliance with the letter is July 31st. He said that “the damage to our election process will not be undone with the passing of time.” Instead, he proposed a “balanced investigation” wherein “the counties represent different geographical regions of Pennsylvania and differing political makeups.”

Sen. Mastriano’s letter claimed that a Muhlenberg University poll showed that 40% of Pennsylvania voters did not trust the results of the 2020 General Election. He said, “discounting or mocking their concerns is neither an answer nor proper in this constitutional republic.”

The news release then identifies the issues that he said “any unbiased observer” could see. He took issue with Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting scheme. He said, “this was the first election in Pennsylvania with “mass” mail-in voting” and in the 2020 election, “there were 2.7 million ballots cast by mail and absentee compared to about 263,000 absentee ballots cast in 2016.”

“These ballots were counted at offsite locations with little outside observation or oversight,” Mastriano said. Furthermore, mail ballots without signature verification were permitted to be counted across the Commonwealth.” He said that those working to subvert election integrity used the “uncertainty and fear” from the pandemic to “impact the conduct of the election.”

Mastriano claimed that depending on how you voted, mail-in or in-person, there was a different standard to which they were allowed to vote.

He said to the point where “in the weeks leading up to the election, the Department of State repeatedly altered the manner in which Pennsylvania’s election was conducted.”

Without a public vote, the PA Supreme Court ruled on September 17th to alter election laws allowing counties to count ballots received up to three days after Election Day. Then, Mastriano writes, “a week before the election, the Department of State told the U.S. Supreme Court that ballots received after 8 p.m. on November 3rd would be segregated.”

The Department of State did not segregate the ballots and instead instructed counties to continue to canvas for ballots as required previously. The U.S. Supreme Court was forced to order Pennsylvania counties to segregate the ballots.”

He said during the May 2021 Primary in Pennsylvania that the “election process problems” rose again. “Multiple poll locations ran out of their supply of ballots. This occurred even though counties are required to print at least 10% more ballots than the highest number of votes cast in any of the previous three municipal primary elections,” the news release stated.

The voting machines used in the May 2021 Primary alleged flipped the Republican header to Democrat. He said, “In one county, a “printing issue” caused both Democratic and Republican ballots to be rejected.” He said mistakes shouldn’t occur but that they happen. However, he said, “these errors occurred in a lower-turnout election, where mistakes should be least likely to occur.”

Barring a full forensic investigation, Mastriano doesn’t see the ability to bring “transparency and accountability” to Pennsylvania elections.

Sen. Mastriano said, “This investigation is not about overturning the results of either election. The goals are to restore faith in the integrity of our system, confirm the effectiveness of existing legislation on the governance of elections, and identify areas for legislative reform.”


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