– Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) joined many of her Republican House colleagues today requesting that the certification of election results be delayed until a comprehensive audit of the election is completed. Gaydos issued the following statement:
“As legislators, we have an obligation to ensure that all voices are heard and that any allegation of impropriety in this election cycle is taken seriously and fully investigated. This is not about challenging the results of any election results. This is about making sure that every voice is heard, and that voter confidence is ensured now and into the future.
“My office is being inundated with phone calls and emails from constituents with questions and concerns about the mail-in ballot system and have presented a number of anomalies which they feel cause concern. The establishment of a bipartisan investigatory committee with subpoena power will enable members to gather the facts and work toward making sure our election process is sound and secure. Public sentiment and the volume of lawsuits filed both before and since the election tell us that investigatory action in order.
“Given the many changes that were made to the election code in the last two years, a review and study of the election is certainly needed. While I believe that the use of absentee ballots and the paper ballot option for people who are unable to get to the polls is perfectly safe, fewer steps in the process means fewer errors. I am a strong advocate for voting at the polls on election day, if able, as the best and most efficient way to vote.
“Free and fair elections are a staple of this country and our Commonwealth. The matter is a top priority and I will do everything in my power to continue to fight for a fair vote count in Pennsylvania, where every legal ballot is counted in a transparent and expeditious manner.”
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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