Election Audits Go On After Arizona: Here’s What’s Happening In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—And Now Texas

Arizona’s highly controversial election audit wrapped up Friday as the GOP-backed company conducting it announced the investigation had actually increased President Joe Biden’s margin of victory—but Republicans in multiple other states are already underway on other probes that could sow new doubts in the presidential vote count.

Three different election investigations are underway in Wisconsin: an investigation initiated by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a separate so-called forensic audit modeled after Arizona by GOP Rep. Janel Brandtjen and an investigation by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau, which the Republican-led legislature asked it to conduct.

While Brandtjen’s audit has stalled after Vos refused to sign subpoenas for counties’ election equipment, Vos’ investigation is moving forward, led by a former state Supreme Court justice who has expressed openness to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s baseless claims of election fraud.

Ex-justice Michael Gableman sent emails to local election clerks asking them to preserve election-related records—but the email was flagged as a security risk or junk mail for many of the counties because it came from a Gmail account seemingly unconnected to Gableman, the Associated Press reports, and many clerks are ignoring his requests.

Pennsylvania’s election audit is now underway after a contentious power struggle over which Republican lawmakers would lead it, as GOP state senators started hearings in the investigation and controversially subpoenaed the state for personal information on all of Pennsylvania’s 6.9 million voters.

Democrats in the state are pushing back on the subpoenas, with both state senators and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro suing to block them.

Former President Donald Trump asked Texas on Thursday to conduct an audit into the state’s election results—despite winning the state with 52% of the vote—and the Texas Secretary of State’s office complied, launching investigations into four counties’ vote counts.

The chairman of Wisconsin’s Republican Party of Fond du Lac County said on Twitter after the Arizona audit results came out that he hoped the findings mean “my fellow [Republicans will] stop with this nonsense, and begin to focus on 2022 elections.” “Right now [the] GOP effort is hacking off Republican clerks, and alienating soft GOP voters who think we’re nuts and wasting their tax dollars,” Rohn W. Bishop said.

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