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York Co. raises objections to Pa. Sen. Mastriano’s election audit request

By: - July 15, 2021 6:03 pm

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. 

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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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.