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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New front in “investigation” of GOP elections raises problems

HARRISBURGH, PA. Gov. Tom Wolfe’s administration and voting systems maker are trying to stop Republican lawmakers from expanding what they call a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 Pennsylvania elections to a new front: the vetting of voting machines.

This is another move prompted by former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud.

Lawyers for Wolf’s top election official, Veronica DeGraffenreid, went to court late Friday night to stop a digital data exchange scheduled for next Wednesday in the sparsely populated Fulton County of southern Pennsylvania.

The electoral equipment used in last year’s presidential election in the Republican-dominated district is already being deactivated by the state after Fulton County allowed a software company to inspect the equipment. West Chester-based software firm Wake TSI was not federally accredited to test voting machines, and it later played a role in the widely discredited party “test” of Republicans in Arizona.

Allowing a similarly unaccredited and inexperienced contractor hired by Pennsylvania Senate Republicans to get digital data from equipment would spoil evidence in a Fulton County lawsuit challenging the state’s de-certification, DeGraffenreid’s lawyers wrote in a court statement.

On December 10, the chairman of the committee of inquiry, Senator Chris Dash, R.-Jefferson, sent a letter requesting “digital data” from computers and election equipment used in the 2020 elections in Fulton County.

Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems warned Fulton County that giving Senate Republican contractors access to their digital data acquisition equipment would violate their contract.

But Dominion, whose voting equipment was at the center of some of the most fevered conspiracy theories about last year’s presidential election, said Fulton County has a data backup that it can simply provide without providing access to Dominion equipment.

However, Fulton County lawyer Tom King said in an interview Saturday that Dash wants more than digital election data.

Rather, Dash wants Senate Republican contractor Envoy Sage to conduct a “forensic investigation” to determine if the Dominion equipment used there was the same equipment that was certified by the state of Pennsylvania for use in last year’s election, King said.

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