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GOP effort to inspect Pennsylvania voting machines advances

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inspection of voting machines in a heavily Republican county in Pennsylvania as part of a GOP investigation into the 2020 presidential election was moments away from starting Friday until the state Supreme Court put it on hold.

The high court decision came hours after a state judge rejected attempts by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to block the inspection.

The undertaking comes after Republicans carried out an audit in Arizona’s most heavily populated county and Trump and his allies have pressured allies in battleground states he lost to seek out fraud.

The justices overruled the lower court by granting an emergency request by the governor’s lawyers to stop it for now.

The equipment in question — computers, electronic pollbooks, ballot scanners and possibly more — was about to be wheeled in to a special meeting of the Fulton County commissioners just after it started Friday when a lawyer for the county, Tom Breth, said it had to be postponed because the state Supreme Court’s filing office had just notified him the temporary stay was granted.

The court said the request was granted on a temporary basis until the full court can consider it, and that no inspection can take place until the justices issue an order.

Sparsely populated Fulton County is cooperating with Republican lawmakers. There, Trump won more than 85% of 2020’s vote, according to official returns, and registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by 7 to 2.

Dominion Voting Systems, which provided the equipment to Fulton County in 2020′s election, has been at the center of some of the theories about Trump’s loss.

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Scolforo reported from Harrisburg. Follow Marc Levy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/timelywriter.

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