In a letter sent to State Sen. Doug Mastriano, commissioners Julie Wheeler, Doug Hoke, and Ron Smith questioned the legality of his demand and the cost to taxpayers.
If the voting machines would be decertified, it would cost a minimum of $2.7 million to replace hundreds of them. Officials in a Pennsylvania county say a state senator may not have the legal power to compel it to provide election-related materials such as forensic images of ballot tabulators and voter information. Commissioners in York County, in a recent letter obtained by The Epoch Times, told Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, that the panel he chairs, the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee may lack jurisdiction of elections oversight.
York County’s three commissioners — two Republican and one Democrat — wrote this week to the Republican state lawmaker seeking the information and raised questions about the legality of his demand, the cost to the county and their lack of staff to complete the project. The commissioners also pointed to the likelihood that its voting machines would be decertified and rendered useless if they allow third-party access to the machines that is not authorized by the state or the company that supplied them, Dominion Voting Systems.
Mastriano, R-Franklin, issued his request letters to Philadelphia and York and Tioga counties last week, with the threat of subpoenas for holdouts who do not respond affirmatively by July’s end. Democrats accuse Mastriano of orchestrating a “sham audit,” saying he is seeking to undermine the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s victory in a bid for Trump’s endorsement to run for governor.
The county wants a “written agreement and plan which addresses all of our security concerns and contractual responsibilities” and will require any group analyzing the machines to be approved by the state and the vendor, the commissioners wrote. “If not, the York County commissioners cannot in good conscience agree that the York County taxpayers should foot the bill for this forensic investigation,” they wrote.
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