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Pennsylvania County Closes Door On Voting Machines Forensic Audit

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At least one of the three Pennsylvania counties contacted by a top Republican state lawmaker seeking election materials and information for a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 election and 2021 primary will not offer up its voting machines for review.

The trio of commissioners in rural Tioga County, which was won by former President Donald Trump in November, decided they would not allow access to their voting machines after Pennsylvania’s Department of State advised counties against giving “third-party entities” access to the equipment or they’d risk decertification.

“We can’t be in a position where we don’t have the election machines because we have to run the next election, these are extremely expensive machines, and our position is we need to follow the direction that [acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid] has given us,” the county’s solicitor, Christopher Gabriel, said Wednesday.

Degraffenreid’s memo said the state would not reimburse any cost of replacing equipment in counties that break with the directive. This comes after state Sen. Doug Mastriano, in his capacity as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, sent letters to Philadelphia, York, and Tioga counties last week as part of an Arizona-style inquiry looking for evidence of fraud.

He set a deadline of July 31, threatened to pursue subpoenas if they don’t comply, and said other counties could be added depending on what is found in the review. Mastriano has also broadly criticized Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration of “attempts of obs… (Read more)