– The House State Government Committee met Thursday for a hearing with Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar and Deputy Secretary for Elections and Commissions Jonathan Marks. The committee discussed inconsistencies and misinterpretations of election guidance leading up to, and through, the 2020 General Election. State Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) issued the following statement regarding the hearing:
“We saw multiple inconsistencies in the Department of State’s guidance during the 2020 General Election, which we must correct to ensure the integrity of future elections,” said Gillespie. “These hearings will examine those inconsistencies at all levels of the election process and help develop plans to address them as needed.”
The committee has scheduled more than a dozen hearings in the coming weeks to examine various elements of the state’s election laws and practices. The topic of the next hearing, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, will be the SURE (Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors) system and other election-related information technology.
“Yesterday’s hearing was not about disputing the results of the 2020 General Election, but about making sure that Pennsylvania’s elections run as smoothly as possible going forward. The hearing brought important issues to light, which both the committee and the Department of State would like to see fixed for future elections,” Gillespie continued. “I look forward to working to address these issues to regain the public’s trust in our election systems.”
All hearings are streamed live, and can be viewed later, at PAHouseGOP.com