A group of Republicans has announced plans to reject electors from states they consider disputed if Congress doesn’t create a commission to investigate their claims of fraud. They’re the latest Republicans to challenge the Jan. 6 vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
The effort, based on baseless allegations of voter fraud, will not alter Biden’s path to assuming the presidency but will draw out a normally routine process.
Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Braun of Indiana issued a joint statement Saturday claiming “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.”
They were joined by Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.
The statement calls for the creation of an electoral commission “with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed state.”
“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” the statement goes on to say.
The statement does not mention which states the Republicans consider disputed. Nor does it provide any evidence to back up their concerns.
President Trump and his legal team have targeted several states including Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in their attempts to overturn the election. But their legal efforts all failed because they couldn’t provide clear evidence of fraud or misconduct in the 2020 election.Full Article | npr.org
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