It's been more than 10 months since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden.
Countless bumbling hearings, dozens of court cases, a deadly failed insurrection, and one inauguration later, Trump and his supporters continue to scrounge for the smoking gun that will vindicate the fantasy that the election was "stolen" from him by Democrats engaging in widespread voter fraud.
A key target of these election lies was the bellwether state of Pennsylvania, where Biden won by more than 80 thousand votes. Though confirmation of Trump's fraud claims during his lame duck period never materialized, Republican legislators there are still seeking to force a partisan audit, much like the one in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Earlier this month, the Public Interest Legal Foundation released a report claiming there were more than 400 thousand votes unaccounted for in the state. This means that these mail ballots were sent to voters, but never returned. By no means is it evidence that these votes were counted.
In a blistering statement to the conservative Daily Signal, Veronica Degraffenreid—Pennsylvania's acting Secretary of State, said:
"[The foundation's] 'report' is another attempt to undermine confidence in our elections. To suggest that large numbers of ballots 'went missing' is disingenuous and misleading."
Degraffenreid's comments come as Republicans on the state's Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee advance a partisan "audit" of the state's votes, beginning with the subpoenas of voters' private information.
The disinformation surrounding Pennsylvania's 2020 election results is getting out of hand.
There are growing fears this could become the new normal for any election that doesn't result in a GOP victory.
Democrats have vowed to mount legal challenges against the subpoenas of private voter information.