Pennsylvania Republicans call for Arizona-style election audit

Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania are calling for their state to conduct an Arizona-style audit of the 2020 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. 

During a visit to Phoenix on Wednesday, three GOP Pennsylvania state lawmakers toured an audit site and met with Arizona Republican lawmakers to discuss issues with the elections, according to Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers (R), the Journal reported.

Two state senators and one member of Pennsylvania's House met with Arizona legislators at the state Capitol before visiting the audit site for a briefing, The Associated Press reported.


The Republican-led Arizona Senate has hired auditors to hand-count 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County. President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE won the state by 10,000 votes out of more than 3.3 million cast, in part due to a narrow victory over former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE in Maricopa County.

Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt (R) said on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday that the Arizona audit aims to "reach a partisan political conclusion."

“I know how important audits are. But what is going on in Arizona is not an audit. It is funded by partisan political benefactors, it is directed by partisan political operatives to reach a partisan political conclusion, which is ... not an audit,” Schmidt said. 

Schmidt added that it's “completely reckless” that his state’s GOP lawmakers visited the auditing site, adding that he doesn't know why legislators want to repeat what’s going in Arizona, citing what’s going on there as being led by people who don’t have any experience in election administration.