Pennsylvania Republicans approve subpoena for partisan investigation into recent elections
(CNN) Pennsylvania Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to subpoena the Pennsylvania Department of State for millions of voters' personal information and voting histories as they launch a review that appears designed to relitigate the 2020 presidential election.
The Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted along party lines to authorize a wide-ranging subpoena aimed at the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The demand covers an array of voter data -- including voters' names, addresses, driver's license numbers and partial social security numbers.
The request spans not just the nearly 7 million Pennsylvanians who voted in November 2020, but all of the roughly 9 million registered voters in the state.
The subpoena also covers a wide range of election-related information, such as communications between the Department of State and county election officials, training information for poll workers and a copy of the certified election results for all races in the 2020 general election and 2021 primary elections.
State Sen. Cris Dush , the Republican leading the election review, said the personal voter information was necessary to verify voters' identities because there had been allegations that some people who voted did not actually exist.
Despite claims from Republicans on the committee, there has been no indication of significant voter fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state.
But the vote is the latest indication of how Republicans in a handful of states across the country have embraced so-called audits to relitigate the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and appease former President Donald Trump and his supporters.