Senator Mensch Introduces Legislation Requiring the Auditor General to Perform Audit Into 2020 General Election

HARRISBURG – Today Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) introduced legislation requiring the Auditor General to perform an audit of ballots canvassed in the 2020 General Election.

The enactment of Act 77 of 2019 and Act 12 of 2020 provided comprehensive amendments to the Pennsylvania Election Code and made significant changes to the elections process in the Commonwealth. The new provisions of the election code were used for the first time in the 2020 primary and general elections and involved some serious issues for many of our constituents.

“It is clear that the process of the election has led to many questions from our constituents, and that includes both Republicans and Democrats,” Mensch said. “Without criticizing the work of our county election officials, an audit to gather information related to the canvassing of ballots and the processes by which each county handled their elections would go a long way to re-establishing the trust of our citizens that the Pennsylvania election process is fair and accurate.”

Senate Bill 528 would require an audit that will gather and look at county-level information related to mail-in ballots requested, mailed, returned, and certified, as well as relevant similar data related to provisional ballots. In addition, the audit will examine information pertaining to ballots mailed to incorrect electors, including ones sent to those who did not request one, as well as the processes for the returning of said ballots and the security provided for all types of returning options.

Tomorrow (April 7) at 3:00pm is the Office of the Auditor General Budget Hearing.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388