Election reform moves forward in the State Senate. Some limited investigative power has been given to the Secretary of State to investigate election fraud. The Secretary of State had wanted broad general powers to issue subpoenas, not necessarily with just cause. But the Senate is requiring the Secretary of State to work through the Attorney General, to get a judge to issue subpoenas. Florissant Senator John Schneider is one of those saying the additional steps put due process in the process. No subpoena could be issued unless a judge is convinced there’s a good reason. Some legislators say that provision will keep the Secretary of State from going on partisan fishing expeditions.
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