The senators and incoming lawmakers — including Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) — released a joint statement on Saturday, expressing their intent to “reject the electors from disputed states” on January 6, 分词状语explaining that the 2020 presidential election featured “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.”
“And those allegations are not believed just by one individual candidate. Instead, they are widespread,” the lawmakers said, 分词citing a Reuters/Ipsos poll 分词定语showing 宾语从句that over one-third of Americans, or 39 percent, believe the election was “rigged.”
“That belief is held by Republicans (67%), Democrats (17%), and Independents (31%),” the Republicans said, 分词noting that some members of Congress disagree, “状语as do many members of the media.”
“But, 状语从句whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations,” they continued, 分词explaining that, in an ideal world, the courts “would have heard evidence and resolved these claims of serious election fraud.”
The Supreme Court, however, declined to do so on two occasions, they argued.
“On January 6, 形式主语it is incumbent on Congress 不定式主语to vote on whether to certify the 2020 election results. That vote is the lone constitutional power remaining to consider and force resolution of the multiple allegations of serious voter fraud,” they said, 分词explaining the “long precedent of Democratic Members of Congress 分词定语raising objections to presidential election results, as they did in 1969, 2001, 2005, and 2017.”
And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors 分词定语being challenged. The most direct precedent on this question arose in 1877, 分词following serious allegations of fraud and illegal conduct in the Hayes-Tilden presidential race. Specifically, the elections in three states—Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina—were alleged to have been conducted illegally. In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those 动名词raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy. Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission—分词定语consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices—to consider and resolve the disputed returns. We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.
“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), 状语从句unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they announced.
The GOP lawmakers contended 宾语从句that support of election integrity should “not be a partisan issue” and called for a “fair and credible audit”被动分词 completed prior to inauguration day, 分词状语expressing the belief同位语 that such would “dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President.”
“We owe that to the People,” they continued:
These are matters 形容词结构worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend. We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it. And every one of us should act together to ensure 宾语从句that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.
The senators’ announcement puts them alongside Hawley, the first GOP senator to announce his intention to object to the electoral college votes in key states.
In a Wednesday release, the Missouri lawmaker explained宾语从句 that he could not vote to certify the results “without raising the fact 同位语that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.” He also said宾语从句 he could not do so “without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.”
He, too, called on Congress to investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt election security measures. At this point, Hawley added, Congress failed to properly act on the matter.
“For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues,” he said.
At least 140 House Republicans are expected to object to an immediate certification of a Joe Biden victory, 状语从句as Breitbart News detailed. The action from both members of the House and Senate will trigger debates in both chambers.
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