Nov. 19, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today praised House passage of a resolution calling for a non-partisan audit of the 2020 election.

“We owe it to every single voter in Pennsylvania – regardless of their party affiliation – to conduct this audit to help ensure the integrity of this election and all future elections,” Warner said. “We must be able to have faith in our voting process if we are to function as a Commonwealth and a country. An audit will help restore that faith.”

House Resolution 1100 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) – a non-partisan entity made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate – to facilitate a risk-limiting audit of the election. The audit will examine the process of recording and counting ballots, both to confirm the accuracy of results and provide suggestions to improve the conduct of future elections.

The resolution passed by a vote of 112-90.

“I’m not sure how anyone who is elected to uphold the state and federal constitutions can vote against an audit when so many of the citizens we serve have raised a variety of concerns before, during and after the election,” Warner said. “There’s an open investigation here in Fayette County regarding people who received mail-in ballots already marked for Joe Biden. There were military ballots from Luzerne County found in the trash. Thousands of people received duplicate mail-in ballots while others got them despite never having applied for them. These are very real concerns that must be addressed.”

In supporting the call for the audit, the resolution cites “a litany of inconsistencies” from state and federal court decisions; orders and administrative guidance from the administration, including the dismissal of signature requirements for mail-in ballots, certain counties allowing for curative measures and counties not following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring ballots received after Election Day to be segregated; and more.

“The same people who spent four years calling for an investigation into Russian collusion in the last election don’t want to take four weeks to audit the voting process in the Commonwealth,” Warner said. “It’s wrong, and our citizens deserve better.”

Representative Ryan Warner
52nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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