Election 2020

‘This is not about politics’: Pa. GOP lawmakers accuse Department of State of intimidation tactics

BY: - July 23, 2021

Sens. Doug Mastriano and Judy Ward respond to the Department of State's decision to decertify Fulton County election machines.

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

BY: - July 15, 2021

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. […]

Pa. GOP lawmaker Mastriano doubles down on election audit, requests meeting with President Biden

BY: - July 13, 2021

Mastriano, who shared the letter online Monday evening, also requested a meeting with President JoeBiden, who delivered a speech on voting rights in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

What you need to know about the GOP-backed audit of Pa.’s elections

BY: and - July 11, 2021

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate took steps to review the 2020 election last week, requesting thousands of documents from three counties across the state.

GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree

BY: - June 29, 2021

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:03 p.m. 6/29/21 to reflect that Erica Clayton Wright told the Capital-Star that the draft budget was “out of date.” Under pressure from former supporters of President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans gave $3.1 million to the state’s auditor general to fund future election audits. But the problem? […]

Trump pressures Pa. Senate GOP to approve legislative audit of 2020 election

BY: - June 4, 2021

*This story was updated at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, 6/4/21,with a response from Senate President Pro-Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and at 5:55 p.m. with a statement from Senate State Government Committee Chairman David Argall, R-Schuylkill.  Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday backing a legislative audit of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania. Trump celebrated […]

Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit

BY: and - June 2, 2021

According to a press release from Mastriano, no taxpayer money was used on the trip.

Burnt out and beleaguered, county elections officials ask lawmakers for help ahead of this year’s election season

BY: - March 23, 2021

Local officials said they felt defeated by vagaries and tight deadlines in the law the General Assembly passed in 2019, which they spent much of the last year asking lawmakers to amend. 

U.S. Supreme Court declines to weigh in on Pa. GOP’s mail-in ballot challenges

BY: - February 22, 2021

The decision from the nation’s high court came down among a slew of judicial orders on Monday morning.

Election season court fights have cost Pa. taxpayers nearly $4M and counting

BY: and - January 31, 2021

Lawyers who netted lucrative contracts with the state include the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party; an attorney who defended a former Senate leader against federal corruption charges, and even Kentucky’s top elections official, who moonlights as a private attorney.

New state board kicks off ‘nuts and bolts’ review of Pa.’s election laws

BY: - January 28, 2021

The state’s newly created Election Law Advisory Board convened its first session Thursday, meeting for an hour over Zoom to elect officers and let its members get acquainted. 

Businesses cut off cash to D.C. after lawmakers challenged election results. Could Harrisburg be next?

BY: - January 14, 2021

As U.S. Rep. Scott Perry prepared to cast a vote rejecting Pennsylvania’s certified election results last week, he justified his decision by pointing to a letter he received from 21 state senators.