July 21 (Hfrance.fr) - Pennsylvania's top election official decertified voting materials from a rural county that participated in a 2020 election audit requested by a Republican state legislator and staunch ally of the 'former President Donald Trump.
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid said on Wednesday that Fulton County violated the Election Code 'State by giving a third party access to its databasesElection polls and other certified equipment as part of a 2020 results audit.
The audit was carried out in December at the request of Republican State Senators Doug Mastriano and Judy Ward, who asked county officials to allow Wake Technology Services Inc to survey the county's results, media said.
Degraffenreid 's The announcement was the latest salute in a battle between Mastriano, a promoter of Trump's stolen electoral misrepresentation who now strives to lead a " wider forensic investigation into the loss of Trump in state and the administration of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
" These actions were taken in a way that was not transparent, "said Degraffenreid. "Due to the access granted to Wake TSI, the certified Fulton County system has been compromised.
Fulton County officials and Wake TSI, based outside Philadelphia, did not respond to requests for comment. At one point, the company was also involved in a contentious audit vote in Arizona.
Neither Mastriano nor Ward responded to an email seeking comment on Wednesday.
Degraffenreid said Dominion Voting Systems, which leases compilation machines to the county, was also unable to verify that its equipment is safe to use.
Fulton County received notification from D Ominion that he was in breach of his contract and had to pay $ 25,000 to rent new equipment for the May 2021 primary, a reported the Fulton County News last month.
There is no evidence that the Fulton County audit found any irregularities.
Trump transported Fulton, a south-central Pennsylvania county of about 15,000 people, with nearly 86% of the vote. But he lost Pennsylvania to Democratic President Joe Biden.
Republicans there and in other battlefield states have sued them. November election audits, repeating Trump's baseless claims that widespread fraud cost him a second term in the White House.
Pennsylvania has already led a so-called risk limitation audit of the 2020 elections, and all counties also audited a sample of their votes as required by law. None of these efforts resulted in widespread fraud.
Mastriano nevertheless argued that a more comprehensive investigation involving the examination of equipment was needed. Earlier this month , he launched his "forensic investigation, " starting with requests to counties of Tioga, Philadelphia and York for access to their voting machines.
Tioga's three Republican commissioners said they could not comply, citing the likely cost of replacing its machines. While Philadelphia has not commented on the matter, the Democratic stronghold is also expected to reject Mastriano's request.
In a meeting on Wednesday, the York County Commissioner Julie Wheeler said a letter had been sent to Matriano seeking clarification on
Wheel He warned that replacing all of York's voting equipment would cost more than $ 2.7 million, and said"If there is support for a state-level forensic analysis, it looks like all counties should be included" rather than just the current three. Reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; Edited by Peter Cooney
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