Pennsylvania Election Audit a ‘Very Real Possibility’: Top Senate Republican

Pennsylvania Election Audit a ‘Very Real Possibility’: Top Senate Republican
Election workers count ballots in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 4, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

A Pennsylvania Senate Republican suggested that an election audit in the commonwealth is a “very real possibility” after meeting with a group of audit activists at the Capitol.

“There are a lot of things under consideration right now, and I told them to check back in a week or two and we hope to have some more detail,” said Senate State Government Committee Chairman Dave Argall, a Republican, according to a recent interview he gave with a local news outlet.

Argall told the Capitol-Star on Thursday that he was considering subpoenas for ballot details, although it’s unclear what jurisdictions would receive them. His comments came after a few dozen audit supporters gathered at the Pennsylvania state Capitol calling for the legislature to review the 2020 election.

Several Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers recently visited the audit efforts in Maricopa County, Arizona, last week, with several saying that one is needed in the Keystone State as well. Republican lawmakers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Utah, and other states also visited Maricopa County in recent days before making similar proclamations.

Former President Donald Trump, in a series of statements released by his office, placed pressure on Republicans in Pennsylvania and mentioned Argall by name as well as Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman.

“Corman is fighting as though he were a Radical Left Democrat, saying that a Forensic Audit of Pennsylvania not take place,” Trump said on Monday. “Why is Senator David Argall playing the same game? Are they stupid, corrupt, or naive? What is going on?”

The former commander-in-chief, meanwhile, suggested that Corman and other Republicans who oppose the measure could “be primaried“ during the next election. Since leaving office in January, Trump has often made announcements where he’s thrown his support behind certain candidates while criticizing others, namely House representatives and senators who supported the second impeachment effort against him.

In a statement to The Epoch Times via his office, Argall disputed Trump’s comment that he doesn’t support an audit.

“For the last two weeks, I have said this many times: I support a forensic audit of PA’s November 2020 elections. We are now investigating the details of how to do that,” Argall said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Seth Grove, a Republican who chairs the House State Government Committee rejected the idea that an audit of his state is needed. In Pennsylvania, the Senate can vote to authorize an audit without support from the House.

Grove also proposed legislation that allows for more stringent voter identification requirements and mail-ballot signature verification. The bill, among other measures, would eliminate the state’s permanent mail-in voting list, establish a new Bureau of Election Audit agency, and allow early in-person voting starting in 2025.

“The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election,” Grove wrote in a tweet on June 3. “We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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