Republicans start election ‘investigation’ in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state Senate held their first hearing Thursday in what they call a “forensic investigation” into last year’s presidential election, an underwhelming affair that Democrats nevertheless say is an extension of a national campaign to attack voting rights following former President Donald Trump’s loss.

Republicans maintain that the investigation is not about Trump or overturning the election, but rather about looking into problems with the last two elections — in May and November — and trying to fix those problems.

It has been ardently pressed by Republican senators vowing to bring an Arizona-style election “audit” to Pennsylvania, but has sown discord in the Senate Republican caucus and brought sharp criticism from Democrats.

They say it is a perversion of the Senate’s rules and an effort to undermine voting rights and the state’s mail-in voting law, in service to Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen from him.

Source: AP, Republicans start election ‘investigation’ in Pennsylvania

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