11 more Senators and elected Senators from the US Congress joined Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to challenge the electoral college to vote for Biden’s victory. These members also urged Congress to immediately establish an election committee to urgently review the results of the general election.
The participating senators issued statements on Saturday explaining their reasons for joining the challenge.
Blackburn: Can’t turn a blind eye to allegations of election fraud
Senator Marsha Blackburn, who joined the challenge, tweeted on Saturday: “I cannot in good conscience turn a blind eye to the countless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. On January 6, I will vote in favor of objecting to the certification of the electoral college results.”
Blackburn and Senator-elect Bill Hagerty issued a statement saying: “On behalf of Tennesseans, we are taking a united stand against the tainted electoral results from the recent Presidential election.”
“American democracy relies on the consent of the governed. Allegations of voter fraud, irregularities and unconstitutional actions diminish public confidence in what should be a free, fair and transparent process. Protecting the integrity of the electoral process is paramount to preserving trust and legitimacy in the final outcome.”
“For critical moments like these, the Constitution reserves the right to challenge the Electoral College results to members of Congress. On January 6, we will vote to oppose certification of the 2020 election results.”
“America is a Republic whose leaders are chosen in democratic elections. Those elections, in turn, must comply with the Constitution and with federal and state law.”
“The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.”
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”
Blackburn also said, “We are not naïve. We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise. But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue. A fair and credible audit—conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20—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.”
Blackburn also said that Congress should immediately appoint an election committee with full investigative and fact-finding powers to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the results of the contested states in the general election. Once completed, the states will evaluate the commission’s findings and, if necessary, convene special legislative meetings to certify changes in their voting results.
Senator Lankford: Investigating election fraud is not to thwart but to protect the democracy
Senator James Lankford, who also joined the challenge, said on Twitter on Saturday, “Today, I am joining a group of Senators to propose an election commission to resolve the electoral issues.”
Lankford also issued a statement saying that millions of Americans, including thousands of Oklahomaians, still have major doubts about the November 3 election process. There are reports that there is a problem with the voting machine. Some people voted twice, residents of other states voted, or the dead voted mysteriously. In some states, there are problems with signature verification, and the rules for mailing ballots and voting in person at polling stations are different. These questions are “questions I heard in grocery stores, gas stations, text messages, and phone calls.”
“For the sake of the nation’s unity, these questions should not be ignored.” Lankford said.
He also stated that he and other senators proposed the establishment of an election committee. The committee must meet and complete the audit within 10 days before the president-elect takes office on January 20. The committee’s report will be submitted to the states, so the states still have the final decision on their electors, which is a constitutional requirement.
“This proposal is not designed to thwart the democratic process. It is designed to protect it. Everyone should see the division currently in the nation, and we all should have an interest in providing a path to resolution. People want answers to their questions.”
“If we can agree to form the electoral commission and submit its findings to the individual states, I am prepared to respect the final decision of the states. But, if we cannot agree to hear the concerns of millions of Americans, I am prepared to oppose the electors on January 6 since I cannot be certain that they were ‘regularly made,’ which is the statutory requirement.”Lankford said in the statement.
Senator Mike Braun also announced on Twitter on Saturday that he and other senators intend to vote on January 6 and refuse to accept the results of electors from disputed states.
“The senators and senators-elect are calling for Congress to appoint a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election returns in states where the results are disputed,” Senator Braun said.
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted on Saturday that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will become President and Vice President of the United States in 18 days.