At least 140 Republicans in the House and a dozen in the Senate will object to Electoral College vote certification in several contested swing states where questions about voter fraud and illegal rule changes have not been resolved to many voters’ satisfaction, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Saturday.
The 2020 election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities,” the Republicans said.
Senators who are objecting to the votes in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan say they want a 10-day electoral commission to audit the votes in those states and report their results to the states, who could then decide to appoint different electors.
“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,” they added.
If their goal is to overturn the current Electoral College results, they seem likely to fail. But if their goal is to identify and fix problems with the election process so future elections will be fairer, as some have said, they could very well succeed.
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