PA GOP Passes Election Reform Bill

Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state House passed a bill aimed at shoring up election integrity despite a looming veto threat from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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.”

Democrats in the state Legislature agreed, arguing it was Republicans who tried to cheat the system.

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