HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf once again used his veto pen to eliminate funding for the auditor general to provide a checks system of our election by allowing for audits. In response, House State Government Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) issued the following statement:
“The Democrats in the General Assembly, as well as the governor, went back on their word, and their votes. I find it really strange House Democrats advocated against aspects of the General Appropriations legislation (Senate Bill 255
) even though a large number of them approved the bill less than a week ago. Gov. Tom Wolf also agreed to the bill before it was taken up by the General Assembly but now, just days later, line-itemed vetoed funding for the auditor general to conduct election audits.
“Between 2016 and 2019, former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale provided needed oversight of our elections by auditing numerous aspects of the 2016 election, showing the office has the ability to audit elections. Why the governor would take away that oversight from the state’s top watchdog is beyond me.”
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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