Fact Check: Did Doug Mastriano Say He Could Decertify Voting Machines?

Viral social media posts claim that the winner of the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Mastriano, signaled a willingness to overturn election results, saying he could decertify “every [voting] machine in the state with a stroke of a pen.”

Mastriano has a record when it comes to election conspiracy theories: He called for the decertification of the 2020 presidential election results and attended the now infamous January 6 “Save America” rally in Washington, D.C., and he was at the Capitol later in the day. Mastriano has said in the past that the “sole authority” to name presidential electors for Pennsylvania falls to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. 

This latest comment is an escalation of previous things Mastriano has said, and is from an obscure source, leading some to question its authenticity. It is, however, a real quote. Mastriano made the comment during a March 30 appearance on WPIC’s Eric Bombeck radio show. The Guardian archived the audio clip, which can be listened to here


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  • Let’s hope he loses.

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  • Doug Mastriano is no Smedley Butler.

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  • What is the Pennsylvania law?

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    1. I was going to ask the same thing.

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  • You're drunk, PA GOP. Go home.

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    1. They’d probably have to drive.

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  • Shapiro happens to not only be a solid candidate, but a nice, level-headed guy with an unremarkably competent background as AG. And he's going up against a Jan-6 conspiracy theorist with a penchant for authoritarianism? This should not be close. Yet I fear it will be.

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  • I am glad I did not vote for him in the primary. I expect to maintain that trend in the general election. This is the closest I have ever come to single issue voting.

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    1. Well, when a guy says that he would have the capacity to undermine the very processes of an election, and implies he would exercise that capacity--that _is_ the single issue.

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    2. I wish more people would follow suit on those who wish to make a mockery of our voting.

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    3. This guy is a disaster. Although I am now independent, I would lean GOP, but as long as Shapiro stays reasonably moderate I will vote for him. That would be the first Democrat vote I have made for Governor.

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    4. If I were in PA I'd vote for the D. Period.

      Usually the choice is between me voting R or writing in/not voting. Not this time.

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