When questioned by Democrats as to why voters’ Social Security and driver’s license information was necessary for the investigation, State Senator Cris Dush, who is leading the review as chair of the Governmental Operations Committee, brought up unspecific and unfounded claims of ineligible voters casting ballots in the Pennsylvania election.
“Because there have been questions regarding the validity of people who have voted, whether or not they exist,” Mr. Dush said. “Again, we’re not responding to proven allegations, we are investigating the allegations to determine whether or not they are factual.”
He continued: “If we have the sum errors within the voter registration system which allow for such activity, then we have a responsibility as a legislature to create legislation which will prevent that from happening in future elections.”
A chief concern of Democrats, beyond the subpoenas, was which people or companies might gain access to the stockpile of personal information for the nearly seven million Pennsylvanians who cast a ballot in the 2020 election.
State Senator Steven J. Santarsiero, a Democrat from the Philadelphia suburbs, pressed Mr. Dush on his selection process. Mr. Santarsiero asked specifically whether any of the vendors the Republicans are considering have ties to Sidney Powell, the lawyer who has popularized many false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
“The answer to that is I really don’t know, because it is not something that is relevant to my determination,” Mr. Dush responded.
“So it’s possible, then?” Mr. Santarsiero asked.
“It is absolutely possible,” Mr. Dush said.
The subpoenas are likely to face pushback from the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat. Veronica Degraffenreid, the acting secretary of state, has advised counties not to comply with previous requests for election information and machines from the Republican-controlled State Senate.
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