Jan. 2 (UPI) — A bunch of 11 Republican senators introduced Saturday that they’ll object to the upcoming certification of Electoral School votes and are calling for an emergency audit of the outcomes.
“To wit, Congress ought to instantly appoint an Electoral Fee, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns within the disputed states,” mentioned an announcement by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “As soon as accomplished, particular person states would consider the Fee’s findings and will convene a particular legislative session to certify a change of their vote, if wanted.”
The assertion is co-signed by Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., James Lankford, R-Okla., Steve Daines, R-Mont., John Kennedy, R-La., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., in addition to Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Invoice Hagerty, R-Tenn., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
They be a part of Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who mentioned earlier this week that he’ll object to the certification of the Electoral School vote, doubtless assuring lawmakers must undergo a short delay earlier than President-elect Joe Biden is said the 46th president of america.
To object to any state’s licensed electoral votes, at the least one member from every home should object. A number of Home Republicans have already mentioned they’ll and Hawley’s assertion all however assures the method will now embrace a short debate interval.
The senators are additionally asking Congress to nominate an Electoral Fee to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in disputed states, noting that in 1876 the same fee — made up of 5 representatives, 5 senators and 5 Supreme Court docket justices — reviewed allegations of fraud in 1876.
The assertion goes on to say that on Wednesday, when Electoral School votes are as a result of be licensed, the senators will vote to “reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘repeatedly given’ and ‘lawfully licensed’ (the statutory requisite), until and till that emergency 10-day audit is accomplished.”
The Senate certification vote will come at some point after two runoff elections in Georgia, which — if Democrats win each races — would lead to a 50-50 cut up chamber, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tie-breaking energy.