When Congress takes up the Electoral College certification process on Wednesday, count Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., among the growing number of GOP lawmakers to object.
Well over 100 Republican House members are expected to vote against counting the electoral votes in key swing states marred by voter-fraud allegations, and the group will be joined by at least 12 Republican senators — led by Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, they have been dubbed the “Dirty Dozen.”
Stefanik released a statement Monday saying that she plans “to object to certain contested electors on January 6th.”
“I do not take this action lightly. I am acting to protect our democratic process,” she explained. “Article II and the Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution make clear that I have an obligation to act on this matter if I believe there are serious questions with respect to the Presidential election.”
Why I Will Object on Jan 6th
“I am committed to restoring the faith of the American people in our elections – that they are free, fair, secure, and according to the United States Constitution.”
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— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 4, 2021
“I believe those questions exist. Tens of millions of Americans are rightly concerned that the 2020 election featured unprecedented voting irregularities, unconstitutional overreach by unelected state officials and judges ignoring state election laws, and a fundamental lack of ballot integrity and security,” the statement continued.
Stefanik, who is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party and played a notable role in defending President Trump during the Democratic Party’s sham impeachment.
The lawmaker let it be known in the release that she hears the “tens of thousands of constituents and patriots across the country who have reached out to me in the past few weeks.”
“The most precious foundation and covenant of our Republic is the right to vote, and consequently, the faith in the sanctity of our nation’s free and fair elections,” Stefanik concluded. “As a Member of Congress, I am committed to restoring the faith of the American people in our elections – that they are free, fair, secure, and according to the United States Constitution.”
With members from both chambers objecting, the House and Senate will be required to separate and debate an objection for up to two hours, before casting a vote — it will not change the outcome of the election but will prolong the affirmation of Joe Biden’s so-called victory.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has expressed support for the effort to oppose the electoral vote, arguing it would spur change, the New York Post reported.
“I think it’s right that we have the debate,” he told the media. “I mean, you see now that senators are going to object, the House is going to object — how else do we have a way to change the election problems?”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has privately warned GOP senators to avoid the floor fight, saying it would force a “terrible vote” for Republicans.
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