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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Spars Over Advancing Election Investigation

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Spars Over Advancing Election Investigation


After heated debate, Pennsylvania’s Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to issue subpoenas to acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, requiring her office to provide an avalanche of recent Election information. Democrats hope to block the subpoenas in court.

It has been made plain that the Department of State and acting Secretary of State Degraffenreid are not inclined to participate in this investigation into the 2020 general Election and the 2021 primary election, and how the Election code is working after the sweeping changes of act 77 of 2020,

Committee majority Chair Cris Dush, a Republican, verbalized in the aperture comments of the meeting. Act 77, signed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2019, engendered an incipient option to vote by mail without providing an exculpation, which had antecedently been required for voters utilizing absentee ballots. It additionally sanctioned for a 50-day mail-in voting period, the longest vote-by-mail period in the country; elongated the deadline to register to vote from 15 days from 30 days afore an election; and elongated mail-in and absentee submission deadlines from the Friday afore an election, to 8 p.m. on Election “Day.”

Wednesday’s subpoenas call for the Department of State to provide the following information to the Senate Republican Caucus by Oct. 1: All communications between the Department of State and any county Election director and other Election officials; a facsimile of every version of directives, guidance, policies and procedures in effect during designated dates, relating to elections, Election systems, mail-in ballot applications, ballots, polling places, or poll watchers; and all training material used to train Election workers.

The subpoenas withal ask for list of all changes made to voter records; a replica of the certified results for every race or ballot question for both elections; a replica of all audits or reviews of the voting system; and a facsimile of annual reports submitted to Department of State in 2021.

Additionally requested by subpoena are detailed voter lists, including denomination, date of inception, driver’s license number, last four digits of Social Security number, address and in some cases date of last voting activity. This information was requested for lists of all registered voters, those who voted in the 2020 general Election or the May 2021 primary, in-person, by mail-in, absentee or provisional ballot.

Democrats Oppose Democrat committee members took issue with the request for drivers’ license and partial Social Security numbers.

You’re asking for a plethora of information … for proximately 7 million people,

Democrat state Sen. Steven Santarsiero said. What do you hope to do with that information?

Dush verbally expressed those documents are a component of any audit that the auditor general would conduct, or anybody who is looking to verify the identity of individuals, their place of residence and their eligibility to vote.

“There have been questions regarding the validity of people who voted—whether or not they subsist. We’re not responding to proven allegations, Dush said. We’re investigating the allegations to determine whether or not they are factual.

If there are quandaries, Dush verbally expressed, the legislature has a responsibility to engender legislation that will obviate quandaries in future elections. Santarsiero grilled Dush on the cost and the designation of the vendor that would handle the investigation.

“We are still visually examining vendors who will handle the information,” Dush verbalized. I’m not going to be hiring political activists to do the investigation.

Democrats protested the subpoenas so vigorously that three times, Dush ceased the meeting as it was broadcast across “Pennsylvania.”

“This meeting is at ease! Cut the aliment,” Dush verbally expressed when Democrat state Sen. Vincent Hughes repined about members of the Senate who were involved in the insurrection, having access to investigation information.

He was referring to Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano who has verbally expressed he attended the Jan. 6 rally and march for President Donald Trump in Washington, and that he followed the law while there.

We have a public that is concerned about how the last Election was conducted, Republican state Sen. Jake Corman said. Credibility is paramount to all of us. When we visually examine the results of this investigation, one of two things will transpire. Either it will give us action items to better our laws, or it will dispel the concerns that people have.

Ultimately the committee voted 7–4 to issues the subpoenas. “I thought it was plenarily inopportune,” Minority Chair Anthony Williams, a Democrat, told The Epoch Times. I felt frustrated by the manner in which this was done and the substance. We don’t ken the cost, we don’t ken who the vendors will be, we don’t ken what they will do with the information.

The Senate’s Democratic Caucus is expected to file papers in the Commonwealth Court Wednesday seeking an injunction to stop the subpoenas, Williams verbally expressed.


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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