PA House GOP Drops ‘Election Integrity’ Plan

The American flag flies at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building Oct. 24, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

By Associated Press

October 10, 2020

Republicans had planned to create an election panel with subpoena power to review the election, but Gov. Tom Wolf and others said it was “an attempt to steal the election.”

HARRISBURG, Pa. — House Republicans in Pennsylvania are dropping plans to fast-track an 11th-hour effort to set up a Republican-majority election panel with subpoena power, officials said Friday, amid accusations that it was an effort to steal the election.

In an email to House Republicans, Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, said “the muddied waters and misunderstanding” about the intent of the Select Committee on Election Integrity made it clear “this is the wrong time to run the proposal.”

Pennsylvania is hotly contested by President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, after Trump narrowly won the state in 2016, by less than 1 percentage point.

House Republicans introduced the legislation Sept. 28. That was two days after Trump, at a campaign rally near Harrisburg, claimed he will lose Pennsylvania only if Democrats cheat and, as he did in 2016′s campaign, suggested that the Democratic bastion of Philadelphia needs to be watched closely for election fraud.

Republicans had scheduled it for a vote Oct. 1 over the protests of Democrats, but were derailed when a Republican member tested positive for the coronavirus and they canceled the voting session.

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, called it an attempt to “steal the election,” and Democrats say it is another Republican tactic to suppress votes. Republicans insisted it would generate forward-looking recommendations.


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