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Republicans in Pennsylvania’s Senate are discussing launching a privately funded audit

Republicans in Pennsylvania’s Senate are discussing launching a privately funded audit of the 2020 election.

A three-senator delegation led by state Sen. Doug Mastriano visited Arizona in June to receive an overview of the Maricopa County probe into the election and last week sought legal advice from a Pennsylvania law firm on the legality of using private funds to finance a similar endeavor, according to The Associated Press.

“Transparency is a must in our republic,” the delegation said in a press release last month announcing their plans to visit the Maricopa Election Forensic Election Audit. “Every citizen should be confident that their vote counts.”

President Biden won Pennsylvania by just over a 1% margin in November. No objections to the results have been raised by county election boards in the state.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize the election audit in late January and in April began the probe, which included a forensic analysis of the ballot tabulation equipment used in the 2020 elections.

The Arizona effort was funded in part through a $150 million appropriation from the state’s operating budget. Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne also donated funds toward the effort.

The proposal for a similar audit in Pennsylvania is likely to face opposition from Democratic lawmakers and in state courts, but a Philadelphia-based lawyer said the probe could be permissible under state law.

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