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PA Senate Democrats Sue Republicans to Block 2020 Election ‘Investigation’

PA Senate Democrats Sue Republicans to Block 2020 Election ‘Investigation’

The Republican-led Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee in Pennsylvania voted Wednesday to approve subpoenas for detailed records on nearly seven million voters, advancing an election probe in a key battleground state Donald Trump has consistently targeted with baseless claims of election fraud.

In response, Democrats in Pennsylvania’s state Senate sued their Republican colleagues on Friday to block any effort to subpoena voting records as part of a “forensic investigation” into the results of the 2020 presidential election. Led by Democratic Leader Senator Jay Costa, the lawsuit was filed by all 21 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus against Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman; Senator Cris Dush, who was assigned to lead the election probe; and Megan Martin, the secretary parliamentarian of the state Senate.

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The lawsuit argues that the Republican-led probe should be determined unconstitutional as it violates the separation of powers doctrine. It also contends that requesting private information about voters, such as names, dates of birth, and the last four digits of their social security number, violates state law.

“The latest ploy by the Senate Republicans is unprecedented and completely unwarranted,” Pennsylvania Democrats said in a statement. “All aspects of the certified 2020 election have been thoroughly reviewed and adjudicated in the courts with no findings of irregularities or fraud. The timeframe to contest the 2020 certified election results is long overdue.

Critics call the election probe a partisan effort to overturn the election results, while supporters of the probe say that it’s necessary to address constituents’ concerns of election fraud. As Trump continues to push baseless claims of a stolen election, Trump supporters in numerous states have pressured lawmakers to probe the allegation. Inspired by the audit in Arizona, a group of pro-Trump protesters reportedly gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol last week calling for a review of the ballots.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., U.S. Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania and Zoe Lofgren of California sent a letter to a senior Department of Justice official on Friday asking for a federal investigation into the state GOP’s recent authorization of the subpoena. “We are very concerned that a subpoena for sensitive voter information, and on a massive scale, will lead to noncompliance with federal voting and election laws, which the Department of Justice enforces, especially the federal prohibition on voter intimidation,” the Democratic representatives wrote.

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