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Harrisburg, PA — A subpoena approved by the State Parliamentary Commission for a controversial review of the results of last year’s presidential election on the personal information of all registered voters in Pennsylvania.
With a partisan 7-4 vote by the Senate Intergovernmental Steering Committee, the panel told the State Department, which oversees state-wide elections, the names, addresses, driver’s licenses, and partial Social Security numbers of all voters. You can request to submit. Registered as of November last year.
The subpoena also requires all e-mail and other written communication between the Department of State and the Election Commissioners of all counties in Pennsylvania.
Senate officials said the information would then be handed over to an unidentified private sector where it would be reviewed. The Commission’s chairman, Republican Senator Chris Dush of Jefferson County, refused to provide information about the company he is reviewing for the job.
Dash said Wednesday that the company would be paid in taxpayer dollars, under question by a Democratic senator who was critical of the investigation. Earlier this week, Senate top executives said they didn’t have a specific budget for their reviews and didn’t cap the amount they were willing to spend on it.
Democrats, including Governor Tom Wolf’s administration, have accused the Republican election investigation of a partisan and unfounded attack on the legitimate outcome of the 2020 elections. On Wednesday, the Commission’s Democratic Senator questioned Dash, focusing on the panel’s authority to issue summons and Republican efforts to find and scrutinize private companies.
“Currently, we cannot tell the members of this committee and the general public who have access to the information whether the information will be made public,” said Senator Steve Santa Luciello (D., Bucks). I am.
Senator Anthony Williams (D., Philadelphia) was critical of the lack of information. He said passing personal voter information to an outside company “should be scary for all of us.”
“This should be seen as a betrayal of the people here to represent you,” Williams said.
The Republican subpoena not only asks for personal information about voters registered as of November last year, but also requires a list of voters who participated in the 2020 and May 2021 primary elections. Republicans said Wednesday morning that they would use the information to verify voters’ identities, but the specific purpose was unclear.
Republican leader and Senate chairman Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R., Center) said his office was flooded with voters’ concerns about the integrity of last year’s elections.
This story will be updated.
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