Senator Ward Calls for Legislative-Led Election Audit

HARRISBURG – In order to ensure the integrity of Pennsylvania’s electoral process, Senator Judy Ward (R-30) today called for an audit of the state’s 2020 election.

Ward joined several other House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday for a news conference calling for the audit to be led by the legislature and demanding that election results not be certified until the audit is complete.

“I have received a flood of calls, emails and messages from community residents who are deeply concerned about the fairness of our elections,” Ward said. “We must ensure the integrity of our election process. We must make certain that every legal vote is counted and recorded correctly. Democracy only works if it is transparent and secure.”

Ward also announced last week that she plans to introduce legislation to improve election security in the near future.

“We need to make sure that Pennsylvanians can have faith that their vote truly counts and is not compromised,” Ward said. “Partisan rulings by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and partisan actions by the Wolf Administration have damaged the trust in our electoral system. It is our responsibility as legislators to work to restore that trust by making necessary reforms to safeguard the sanctity of our elections.”

Last week, Ward also called for the removal of Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, whose last-second guidance to counties ignored court rulings, created mass confusion and led to inequal treatment of voters in different areas.

“Secretary Boockvar took an oath to uphold the law, and she violated that oath,” Ward said. “Her blatantly partisan actions have undermined the integrity of our election, and every day that she maintains her position is another day that we cannot have faith in the agency responsible for protecting the sanctity of our democratic process.”


CONTACT:  Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490

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