State officials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who sought to block transparency and accountability over the 2020 election were handed a defeat on Thursday, according to the non-profit legal foundation The Amistad Project.
“The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of The Amistad Project and Fulton County, Pennsylvania, allowing the county to send its Dominion voting machines to the State Senate for inspection on January 10,” the group stated in a press release.
“The court recognized that it was improper to demand that the county – which owns the machines, and has the responsibility of running the election along with the legislature – can’t determine whether the machines worked properly,” said Phill Kline, director of The Amistad Project. “As the judge noted, there’s no justification for preventing the county from looking at their own machines.”
Pennsylvania’s attorney general and secretary of state had sued to prevent the inspection, the press release notes. It was originally scheduled for December 22, but the judge determined that it must be allowed to proceed, “with a short delay to allow experts from both sides to come up with a formal protocol for the inspection.”
“Executive branch officials were trying to stop the inspection altogether, but the judge did not grant their emergency motion to stop the inspection,” explained Amistad Project attorney Tom King. “They did not go to court seeking a delay; they sought to stop it, and they lost.”
“The court recognized that it was improper to demand that the county – which owns the machines, and has the responsibility of running the election along with the legislature – can’t determine whether the machines worked properly,” Amistad Project Director Phill Kline said. “As the
The court’s decision is a victory for accountability and transparency in U.S. elections. Private, secretive, profit-driven voting machine companies are at the heart of U.S. elections, and as such, must ultimately be held accountable to the people. Even if that company is Dominion Voting Systems.