Earlier this month, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) announced that on behalf of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee of the state Senate, he has initiated an audit of the 2020 election results in at least three counties.
Some conservative commentators believe that the Democratic Party isn’t fond of the idea of another 2020 election audit, pointing to President Joe Biden’s trip to Pennsylvania, and an order from the PA secretary of state to the counties involved to not turn over election materials for an audit, as evidence that the party is moving to get ahead of the situation.
What’s going on?
Thomas Lifson, writer for the American Thinker, suggested in a recent piece that the “stakes are too high” for Democrats to allow yet another audit of the 2020 election to take place, adding that he believes Biden’s trip to the Keystone State signals that the Democratic Party is already making preparations to stop it.
“As a direct result the White House is announcing the people behind Joe Biden are immediately dispatching all federal resources to Philadelphia to begin the war against Pennsylvania voters,” Lifson wrote.
It should be noted that there exists no proof, as of this writing, that Biden took the trip with the intentions that Lifson suggested, though some believe the timing is too close to be coincidental.
Lifson followed up on his speculation that Democrats, from state to federal level, are doing whatever it takes to prevent such an audit from taking place, pointing to a subsequent move made by Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid, in which she issued a directive to the counties Mastriano requested election materials from to not turn over those items, as New Castle News reported.
Degraffenreid said of Mastriano’s requests: “Such access by third parties undermines chain of custody requirements and strict access limitations necessary to prevent both intentional and inadvertent tampering with electronic voting systems,” adding that “jeopardizes the security and integrity of the systems.”
The Pennsylvania Senate Republican made clear in a recent op-ed that the audit is “not about overturning” the results of the 2020 election or the 2021 Pennsylvania primary election, stating that he’s ordering the audit to “restore trust in our system.”
Mastriano indicated that he’s requested various election materials, including ballots and electronic ballot data, from three counties in the state, all of which represent various demographics in order to ensure a fair process.
He also said that part of the reason why he’s initiating the audits is to satisfy a number of voters in his state who do not trust the results of the 2020 election, citing various polls to back the claim.
The state senator has provided the counties until July 31 to comply with his requests, which were made on behalf of his position “as Chair of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee.”
While it’s anyone’s guess if Democrats are truly concerned about such an audit taking place, it appears as if Mastriano isn’t bluffing, and will likely do whatever it takes to start the process.