HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s attorney general is suing to block a Republican-approved subpoena to state election officials in what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s claims that he was cheated.
Multiple election officials have said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The lawsuit from state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, is the second thus far targeting a subpoena approved last week by the Republican-controlled Senate committee.
Shapiro’s office broadly asked the court to block the subpoena because, it said, it serves no legitimate legislative purpose and stems from Trump’s claims.
The suit also says granting the subpoena’s request for voter information would violate a person’s constitutional right to privacy.
Republicans didn't immediately comment on Shapiro's lawsuit. The GOP says it simply wants to ensure election security.
Meanwhile, a group of bipartisan lawmakers hopes to restore faith in the election process going forward.
They've crafted a bill that would allow for pre-canvassing, and video monitoring of votes being counted and drop off boxes. It would adjust how late mail-in-ballots could be counted, keep better track of deceased voters, and better train election workers.
They hope the bill, although there is no date slated to vote on it, will be a bipartisan fix as the past election still gets dragged through the courts.