Pennsylvania Republicans subpoena detailed voter info in 2020 election probe

Electors and other participants depart under the watch of state law enforcement officers after gathering to cast their votes for the U.S. presidential election at the State Capitol complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania voted on Wednesday to subpoena the state’s top election official in a review that joins widely criticized efforts in other battleground states aimed at fueling doubts about the 2020 election.

With a 7-to-4 vote along party lines, Republicans in the state Senate committee overseeing the review will issue a subpoena for information on some 7 million voters from Veronica Degraffenreid, acting head of the Department of State.

Democratic lawmakers, who are in the minority in the legislature, said they would challenge the subpoena in court.

The move advances what is expected to be an expansive review of Pennsylvania’s election last November and comes amid similar efforts by Republicans in other key states to promote the baseless claim that Republican former President Donald Trump did not lose due to widespread voter fraud.

Trump’s loss in Pennsylvania to President Joe Biden by nearly 81,000 votes was confirmed by multiple audits and certified more than nine months ago.