Pennsylvania state Republicans passed an election reform bill despite an imminent veto threat from Democrat Governor Tom Wolf.
The Washington Examiner reports:
House Bill 1300, approved along party lines by a margin of 112-89 on Tuesday, provides for “voting system defects, disclosure, investigations and penalties” and establishes the “Bureau of Election Audits,” among other provisions Democrats, including Wolf, found objectionable as the state moves toward conducting an Arizona-style audit of its 2020 presidential election results.
“I want election reform, too. But House Bill 1300 isn’t it,” Wolf tweeted on Wednesday. “The lawmakers behind this bill are the same ones who asked Congress to throw out PA votes and whose lies directly contributed to the Jan. 6 insurrection. I will veto this bill if it reaches my desk in its current form.”
Republicans applauded the measure as a step toward election integrity.
“The Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act is a tremendous step forward in restoring faith in our election system and supporting local election officials. I was proud to stand up and speak in favor of this bill tonight,” Rep. Kerry Benninghoff tweeted.
Pennsylvania Republicans have also indicated an openness to conducting an election audit similar to the one currently happening in Maricopa County, AZ.