Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate voted on Wednesday to subpoena to appear the Pennsylvania State Department for personal information and voting histories of millions of voters under the name they are launching a review that appears designed to challenge the 2020 presidential election. The operations committee Intergovernmental Senate of Pennsylvania voted along party lines to authorize a high-profile subpoena targeting the Pennsylvania State Department. THEThe application covers a range of voter data, including voters' names, addresses, driver's license numbers and partial Social Security numbers. The demand covers not only the nearly 7 million Pennsylvanians who voted in November 2020, but all of the roughly 9 million registered voters in the state. The summons also covers a wide range of related information. elections, such as communications between the State Department and county election officials, training information for election officials, and a copy of certified election results for all races in the 2020 general and primary elections. 2021. Sen. State Cris Dush , the Republican at the head of the electoral review, said the personal information of the studentsThese were needed to verify the identity of voters, as there had been allegations that some people who voted did not actually exist. There have been questions regarding the validity of people who have been - who have voted - whether they exist or not, Dush said. Again, we are not responding to proven allegations. We are investigating the allegations to determine whether they are factual or not. Read moreDush insisted that the outcome of the partisan election review would help the Senate to determine whether legislative changes need to be made before future elections. Despite the claims of Republicans on the committee, there was no indication of significant voter fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state. question the 2020 presidential election result and appease former president Donald Trump and his supporters. Pro Tempore Senate Speaker Jake Corman, a Republican, said the review would help allay fears of fraud among Pennsylvania voters - although he did not acknowledge that these unfounded allegations came from leaders of his own party amplifying the fraud allegations. Either we improve our laws or we allay a lot of the concerns of the people of Pennsylvania, Corman said. State Senator Anthony H. Williams, the top Democrat on the Senate panel, accused Republicans suing the audit of taking a Blowtorch to Democracy. Democrats on the Senate committee also expressed their concerns about providing addresses, drivers, license information, and partial Social Security numbers to Republicans on the committee as well as vendors selected to perform the so-called audit. 'no name, address, numberdriver's license or social security number to draft a bill on any subject, said State Senator Vincent Hughes, a Democrat. Dush said he and his legal team would select the vendors to run the business, but they have not yet made a final decision Dush could not guarantee that the vendors will not have ties to political candidates - including candidates for the presidential election - who ran last November. He also couldn't say whether he would rule out companies with ties to Sidney Powell, who was previously a member of Trump's legal team. We live on. in a world where people are becoming more and more active you are involved in the political sphere, said Dush, but added that he wanted Pennsylvanians to have confidence in the results of the audit led by the GOP. The verification process will be rigorous, saide Dush about potential suppliers. I'm not going to hire political activists to become investigators. Dush said the election review would be funded by taxpayers, but when asked if it would extend to hundreds of thousands of dollars or potentially millions of dollars, he could not provide an estimated cost. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, criticized the Senate committee vote in a statement Wednesday. Let's be very clear, this information is just one more step to undermine democracy, confidence in our elections and to capitulate to Donald Trump's conspiracy theories on the 2020 election, said Wolf. This is a direct continuation of the same lies that led to the attack on Capitol Hill, and which did so much to destabilize our political institutions in the ten months following the elections.ns from last year. Democrats on the Senate committee said they plan to file a lawsuit to challenge the subpoena. It is not known how the Pennsylvania State Department will react.