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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 Capital steps of a rally for gun rights on September 29, 2020. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

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. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.