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Court suspends GOP inspection of county voting machines

An inspection of voting machines in a heavily Republican Pennsylvania county was set to continue on Friday until an 11th-hour appeal to the state Supreme Court by attorneys for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf la put on hold.

The High Court ruling came hours after a state judge dismissed attempts by the Wolf administration to block the inspection – inspired by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of fraud during 2020 elections – without certain agreements in place.

The judges overturned the lower court’s decision granting an emergency request from the governor’s lawyers to arrest him for now.

The machines in question were about to be transported and a special meeting of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Elections had just begun at 1 p.m. Friday when county attorney Tom Breth announced that the office of Supreme Court filing had just advised him that the stay was granted.

The Supreme Court said the request had been granted on a temporary basis until the full court could consider it, and that no inspection could take place until the judges issued an order .

Lawyers for Wolf, representing Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of state, want Fulton County officials to agree to a set of protocol requirements, including sharing the identity of who will inspect voting machines and allow a state-appointed voting machine expert to observe and record it.

On December 10, State Senator Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, sent a letter requesting “digital data” from computers and election equipment used in the 2020 election by Fulton County.

Dush leads a State Senate review and Fulton County cooperates.

A Fulton County attorney said Dush wanted the Senate Republicans contractor to determine if the equipment used there was the same equipment Pennsylvania certified for use in the 2020 election.

Dush visited the partisan and widely criticized Republican election scrutiny in Arizona this year and said he wanted to bring that model to Pennsylvania.

A Republican-controlled Senate committee has also issued a subpoena to state election officials for a wide range of election-related matters.

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Scolforo reported from Harrisburg. Follow Marc Levy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/timelywriter.




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