The Republicans generally voted in favor of the audit, arguing that a review of the state's election system is necessary, especially after the confusion and chaos stemming from this year's high-turnout election with large-scale mail-in voting.
State Rep. Jesse Topper (R), the prime sponsor of the resolution, noted that the audit is not about questioning the results of the 2020 election, but to scrutinize the process to guarantee integrity in future elections.
While the Pennsylvania Department of State does conduct its own audit of every election, which is based on small sample sizes, the LBFC risk-limiting audit would include much larger samples, according to state Rep. Bryan Cutler (R).
The Democrats mostly rejected the measure, arguing that the LBFC doesn't have the authority to conduct such an audit.
"The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee has no expertise or role in election administration and no statutory authority outside the fiscal realm, and it is inappropriate to pretend it does," Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement. "An audit by the LBFC would be incomplete, duplicative, and unreliable."
"Interference by partisan legislators in Harrisburg is wrong," Wolf added. "It creates chaos and confusion and should be rejected. A reliable audit conducted by election experts is the best way for all Pennsylvanians to trust the results of this election."