Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, speaks with attendees on the Capitol steps of a rally for gun rights on September 29, 2020 (Capital-Star photo).
Just a day after Tioga County announced it would deny a request for access to election documents and equipment from a Republican state lawmaker, another county has raised objections to the request.
On Thursday afternoon, York County Commissioners – two Republicans and one Democrat – responded to a letter mailed last week by state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, which requested three of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties – York, Tioga, and Philadelphia counties – provide election documents, materials and equipment for a legislative-led “forensic investigation” of the state’s 2020 general election and 2021 primary election.
In its response to the letter, county officials questioned the legality of Mastriano’s request and noted that participating would likely result in the decertification of the county’s election equipment, according to the Associated Press.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (@AP) _ Another Pennsylvania county targeted for an Arizona-style “forensic investigation” of the 2020 presidential election being pushed by former President Trump is raising strong objections to a sweeping demand for access to its voting equipment and records.
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) July 15, 2021
Of the three counties that received letters from Mastriano, Philadelphia County has yet to respond to the request. The letter from Mastriano directed county officials to respond by July 31.
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