After heated debate, Pennsylvania’s Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to issue subpoenas to acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, requiring her office to provide an avalanche of recent election information. Democrats hope to block the subpoenas in court. “It has been made plain that the Department of State and acting Secretary of State Degraffenreid are not willing to participate in this investigation into the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary election, and how the election code is working after the sweeping changes of act 77 of 2020,” Committee majority Chair Cris Dush, a Republican, said in the opening comments of the meeting. Act 77, signed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2019, created a new option to vote by mail without providing an excuse, which had previously been required for voters using absentee ballots. It also allowed for a 50-day mail-in voting period, the longest vote-by-mail …


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