Nov. 23, 2020

HARRISBURG – In a rare move, the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) today chose not to exercise its oversight ability when it voted against conducting an audit of the 2020 general election. In response, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton), who sponsored House Resolution 1100 requesting that the committee conduct the audit, issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed in the party-line vote by the LBFC against conducting an audit of the 2020 election. House Resolution 1100 passed with bi-partisan support and the rejection of this request strikes a blow to transparency in our electoral process. It will also delay and impede the Legislature’s ability to determine what changes should be made to our process moving forward.

“The Department of State is poised to complete audits of the elections starting in 2022. An audit of the 2020 election would have set Pennsylvania on an accelerated path, allowing the Commonwealth to learn from any mistakes made during the most recent election cycle. Sadly, that will not happen because partisan politics again prevailed over common sense and government transparency.”

Representative Jesse Topper
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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