Pennsylvania 2020 Election Investigation (PA Senate Committee)
Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee v. Pennsylvania Department of State
Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Republican-led Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee against the Pennsylvania Department of State and Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman (D) requesting a writ of mandamus for the enforcement of a Sept. 15, 2021, subpoena issued by the Republican-led committee. The subpoena demands that the Department of State provide, among other information, “records containing driver’s license numbers, partial Social Security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth for all nine million registered Pennsylvania voters.” According to the respondents, “[a]lthough the Petition was filed in the Committee’s name, neither the Committee nor the Senate ever authorized it. Instead, it appears that Committee Chair Senator Cris Dush has taken it upon himself to unilaterally bring this suit in the Committee’s name.” This lawsuit was filed in response to an ongoing lawsuit filed by Democratic state senators seeking to prevent the enforcement of the Sept. 15 subpoena. On Feb. 9, 2023, the court dismissed the petition, ruling that the committee has its own enforcement mechanisms that do not require court intervention. This means that the court did not force the Department of State to provide the committee with the personal information of voters.