Sen. Hawley Pledges to Object to Election Certification on January 6th

Sen. Hawley Pledges to Object to Election Certification on January 6th
Earlier today Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley announced that he will challenge the Electoral College vote on January 6th, making him the first GOP senator to back the effort by House Republicans.
A group of Republicans in the House already started the process of formally objecting to the Election College results, but needed a senator to also object in order to force a full debate and a vote in the House and Senate. This will mark the third time that Congress has objected to the Electoral College since the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

Hawley said in a statement: “I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”

The first time Congress challenged the Electoral College was an objection to a faithless Elector in 1969. The second occurred when Senator Barbara Boxer objected after George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election, claiming that voting irregularities occurred in Ohio.

Hawley noted in that in the 2004 and 2016 elections, Congressional Democrats objected to the certification of electoral votes over supposed integrity concerns and were “praised by Democrat leadership and the media.”

“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 concluded.

His announcement comes as Georgia’s state Senate is holding a hearing on election fraud today.

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