A team of Republican legislators from Pennsylvania visited Arizona’s Capitol on Wednesday for a briefing on the audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County and a meeting with members of the Arizona State Legislature.
Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, an ally of former President Donald Trump, was part of the delegation with state Sen. Cris Dush and state Rep. Rob Kauffman.
Mr. Mastriano‘s office said the group was invited by Arizona state senators
“Transparency is a must in our republic,” his office said in the statement. “Every citizen should be confident that their vote counts. There are ZERO taxpayer dollars being used for the trip.”
On Twitter, the Maricopa audit group said the Pennsylvania legislators were touring the audit operation at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix and will “receive a brief from the forensic audit team.”
Arizona and Pennsylvania, won by President Biden, were two of the most hotly contested battleground states in the 2020 election.
Trump supporters lost legal challenges to the results in both states, but the Arizona Senate Republicans authorized an audit of the ballots in Maricopa, the state’s largest county. The count is about halfway completed.
Mr. Trump called on Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich of Arizona to get involved.
“Our country needs Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has done little so far on voter integrity and the 2020 presidential election scam, to step it up — but patriotic Republicans in the state Senate are making up for unelectable RINOs,” Mr. Trump said in a statement, using the acronym for Republicans In Name Only.
Mr. Trump also criticized Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for vetoing bills that would have outlawed critical-race training for state employees and banned the mailing of ballots to voters who didn’t request them.
“He did this under the guise of passing a budget,” Mr. Trump said. “For those of you who think Doug Ducey is good for Arizona, you are wrong.”
The audit won’t change the outcome of Mr. Biden’s victory in Arizona, but it could become a model for Republicans who are questioning the results in other states. A group called Audit the Vote PA has collected about 65,000 signatures for a letter asking state legislators to launch their own election investigation.
Mr. Mastriano, Mr. Dush and Mr. Kauffman did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
Mr. Trump reportedly has told supporters that the Arizona audit will lead to similar examinations of election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
Wake Technology Services Inc., an information technology company that is conducting a hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County, also conducted an election audit in rural Fulton County, Pennsylvania, at the request of Mr. Mastriano.
Mr. Mastriano helped to organize a hearing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last November in which Trump campaign lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani argued that Mr. Trump lost Pennsylvania through irregularities and fraud.
Wake TSI is part of the audit team in Arizona led by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity company.