Monday, December 4, 2023

Pa. AG Sues State Republicans to Stop Election Audit Subpoenas

'Their "audit" is a sham. I promised I’d protect your private, personal information — and our democracy....'

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the state GOP this week to block Republican legislators from subpoenaing election officials for its forensic investigation into the 2020 presidential election.

Shapiro, a Democrat, asked the state’s Commonwealth Court to block state legislators’ subpoena, which requests the nonpublic personal information of every registered Pennsylvania voter, including partial Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

Shapiro argued the information request is unconstitutional and irrelevant to lawmakers’ legislative responsibilities.

State Sen. Cris Dush, the committee of the state Senate’s Intergovernmental Operations Committee, said the voter information is necessary to investigate allegations that votes registered as living in a condemned building were cast illegally.

Dush encouraged Pennsylvanians to come forward with similar stories of voter fraud so the state Senate can investigate all allegations thoroughly.

Dush said the committee will soon schedule public hearings, create a website that contains updates about the audit and request documents from both counties and the state.

In response to Shapiro’s lawsuit, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman accused the Democrat prosecutor of trying to “stop us from performing our constitutional duty of providing oversight of the executive branch.”

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party also sued state Republicans in an effort to stop the investigation.

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