A Pennsylvania state senator and ally of former President Trump said his state should conduct an audit of the 2020 election modeled after the Arizona review, after receiving a briefing on the intensive recount operation in the county of Maricopa.
State Senator Doug Mastriano and two fellow Pennsylvania Republican legislators toured the audit operation in Phoenix on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania legislature has yet to consider a proposal to conduct a similar audit of the 2020 presidential election in the wake of persistent complaints from Trump and his supporters that state vote counts were seriously flawed.
“I’m impressed. This is a model for any audit in any nation or the world, ”Mr. Mastriano told Gateway Pundit. “We need to do an audit and this is the model.”
Mr. Mastriano also told WEEO-FM that his group would take the “information back to the Senate leadership” in Harrisburg and “inform them of the way forward.”
“And then hopefully we can find an approach here to make sure that every person in Pennsylvania can be sure they have a vote, and it counts,” he said.
After seeing the procedure in Maricopa County, Mastriano said he was impressed by the controls put in place by the auditors.
“This audit is so secure, transparent and organized that other states want to duplicate the process,” he said.
Republicans in the Arizona Senate ordered the audit of 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa, the most populous county in the state. The count is about half complete. President Biden won the county by about 45,000 votes.
Biden also won Pennsylvania, by a margin of more than 80,000 votes.
The audit will not change the outcome of Biden’s victory in Arizona, but it could become a model for Republicans who are questioning the results in other states. A group called Audit the Vote PA has collected about 65,000 signatures for a petition asking state legislators to launch their own election investigation.
Wake Technology Services Inc., an information technology company that is manually counting the nearly 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County, also conducted an election audit in rural Fulton County, Pennsylvania, upon request. of Mr. Mastriano.
Wake TSI is part of the Arizona audit team led by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity company.