Republican lawmakers in the state continue to push for an audit of the 2020 General Election.
On Wednesday, a resolution that would make it happen took another step forward.
The Pennsylvania House State Government committee met to discuss a potential audit of the election process Wednesday, a review lawmakers say is much more feasible now that all Pennsylvania voting machines must have a paper trail.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Resolution 1100 would require counties to participate in an election audit that Republican lawmakers said would ensure every vote was cast securely and recorded accurately.
The resolution’s prime sponsor, Republican Representative Jesse Topper, said it’s not about the election results, it’s about making sure the process works as it should.
“We conducted this election in the midst of a global pandemic, we conducted this election when the legislature made significant changes to our election law for the first time in decades,” Topper said.
Democrats said the resolution is unconstitutional, claiming an audit would require a bill instead. Some took issue with part of the resolution that states the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Department of State created voter confusion ahead of the election.
“The only reason that there is any confusion is because confusion has been stoked by members of this committee and by members who are not on this committee,” said Malcolm Kenyatta, a Democratic representative from Philadelphia County.
As part of the proposal, the Pennsylvania Legislative Office of Budget and Finance, a non-partisan state body, would hire a third-party firm to conduct the audit.
Republicans said this moves the audit away from any politically charged environment.
Democrats questioned the cost to the commonwealth.
“To have the trust and the confidence of our citizens is important and paramount, but I’m also aware that we have a significant deficit,” said Rep. Pamela DeLissio, a Democrat representing Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.
“They don’t care who won, they want to make sure everything was accurate,” said Republican House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove.
The resolution passed the republican-controlled committee in a vote Wednesday.
“It will serve our process well and it will serve our constituents well moving forward that they can have trust in this kind of a process,” Topper said.
House Resolution 1100 now moves to the floor of the House for consideration.