September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania voted on Wednesday to subpoena the state 's top electoral official in a review that joins efforts widely criticized in other states in the field. battle to fuel doubts over the 2020 election.
With a 7-4 vote depending on the party, Republicans on the Senate State Committee overseeing the exam will issue subpoenas to obtain information on some 7 million voters from Veronica Degraffenreid, acting head of the State Department.
This decision advances what should be a thorough examination of the state of the fieldNovember battle and comes amid similar efforts by Republicans in other key states to promote the baseless claim that former President Donald Trump, a Republican, did not lost.
Trump's defeat in Pennsylvania to President Joe Biden by nearly 81,000 votes has been confirmed by multiple audits and certified over of 9 months.
The wide range of information sought in subpoenas includes driver's license numbers, addresses and the last four digits Social Security numbers of all registered voters in the state, separated by county and with separate lists for those who voted in person and by mail.
Cris Dush, the Republican chairman of the intergovernmental operations committee overseeing the review, said in an audition that the aim was to verify whether the votes were cast by people who "exist" and to examine
The audience got heated at times, with Dush cutting the live video feed several times as a Democratic lawmaker wondered if Republicans who attended the January conference. 6 rally in Washington would have access to information obtained through a subpoena. The rally that day ended with a deadly attack on the United States Capitol to prevent Biden's victory from being certified.
" We have every reason, every right to be concerned about what is happening with these documents, with this information, "said Vincent Hughes, Democratic member of the committee. "You ask for prolific personal informations. "
Dush said that unlike a widely criticized election audit in Arizona, the Pennsylvania review would be taxpayer funded. He also pledged that he "would not hire political activists" to carry out the review. He said he was still monitoring suppliers.
Dush and Jake Corman, the top Republican in the state Senate, said the subpoenas and the wider review were not aimed at reversing the loss of Trump.
"The legislature does not have the power to annul an election " said Corman, pro tempore speaker of the chamber. report by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut Editing by Sonya Hepinstall
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