Pennsylvania state senator Doug Mastriano (R) initiated a forensic audit of the 2020 election in several counties last week, drawing the ire of Governor Tom Wolf and other Democrat leaders.
The Pennsylvania Department of State attempted to block the audit, issuing a directive Friday to county election boards not to cooperate with the Senate’s audit.
“It also jeopardizes the security and integrity of the systems and will prevent electronic voting system vendors from affirming that the systems continue to meet Commonwealth security standards and U.S. Election Assistance Commission certification,” Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid wrote.
Mastriano, a former U.S. Army colonel, responded to the PA State Department on Monday, calling its directive a “convergence of scare tactics” to “obstruct a forensic investigation.”
“On Friday, the Acting Secretary of State issued a veiled threat disguised as a ‘directive’ to all 67 counties in Pennsylvania,” Mastriano wrote. “This threat implied that any county who participates in a forensic investigation and allows access of electronic voting systems to ‘third party entities not directly involved in the conduct of elections’ will have their machines automatically decertified and retired before the next election.”
“What we are seeing is a convergence of scare tactics from Wolf Administration and the Attorney General to intimidate county officials and obstruct a forensic investigation.”
“Governor Wolf and AG Shapiro are standing in the way of the constitutional authority of the General Assembly,” he continued. “For people who once lectured the state about transparency and accountability, we all ask, what do they have to hide?”
“The Intergovernmental Operations Committee will press forward in the pursuit of a forensic investigation,” he added.
He also noted that Degraffenreid’s “directive” currently has no authority as she has not yet been confirmed as Secretary of State by the Senate.
Mastriano issued a video statement Saturday asking voters, “what’s wrong with trying to find out what worked with our election and what did not?”
This comes as Arizona’s forensic audit of the 2020 election is reportedly wrapping up, with results to be revealed in weeks.
General Michael Flynn issued a warning to America earlier this week during an appearance on Patrick Byrne’s Steel Truth podcast.