HARRISBURG (AP) – Former President Donald Trump is critical of a decision by Gov. Josh Shapiro to bypass state lawmakers and start automatic voter registration. Shapiro’s recent executive order has drawn complaints from Republicans, who have joined Trump in railing against Shapiro’s action, saying there are not enough safeguards to prevent minors or undocumented immigrants from registering. The Shapiro administration disputes that. Some GOP lawmakers are threatening litigation. Meanwhile, national and state Republican parties are seeking an explanation from Shapiro’s administration for how it will ensure that ineligible people cannot register to vote. Shapiro also is trying to capitalize on his move. He did a round of national cable TV appearances after the announcement and used it as fundraising pitch, promoting it as a major advancement for democracy.

GOV. JOSH SHAPIRO

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP