Pennsylvania State Republicans have proposed creating a new election audit bureau. The proposal comes after the 2020 election cycle caused many Americans to doubt the integrity of elections after a series of recounts across the country.
The Hill reports:
The state House of Representatives has approved a budget that would allocate an additional $3.1 million to the state auditor general to create a new Bureau of Election Audits.
In a statement announcing the proposal, state House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R) said the new office was meant to underscore the integrity of future elections — not to review past election results.
“Even a shred of uncertainty in the results of our elections is enough to shake the bedrock of what we stand for in this country,” Cutler said. “We must make strides to grow trust in our processes, and a thorough, independent audit of every election in our Commonwealth is a step toward ensuring the public’s trust.”
Pennsylvania Republicans have also indicated they would like an Arizona-style election audit similar to the one occurring in Maricopa County.