Over one-hundred state legislators from contested key battleground states have asked Vice President Mike Pence to delay the congressional certification of the elections by 10 days in their states so they can have more time to investigate irregularities and outright election fraud.
These requests, delivered by multiple letters on the night before a joint session of Congress, added some drama to a process that is pretty much pro forma.
When the vice president acknowledged that he supports lawmakers who have questions about the handling of the November election, he didn’t yet say if he is willing to go as far as to delay the vote counting from battleground states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. At this point, we don’t know if an action like that would be considered Constitutional. It shouldn’t really matter, because the US Supreme Court has already let us know that they don’t want to get involved, right?
Regardless, the letters from state legislators are another force joining a rising momentum among Republicans to challenge the so-called victory of Joe Biden.
“We write to ask you to comply with our reasonable request to afford our nation more time to properly review the 2020 election by postponing the January 6th opening and counting of the electoral votes for at least 10 days, affording our respective bodies to meet, investigate, and as a body vote on certification or decertification of the election,” a letter to Pence that was signed by eighty-eight state Republican lawmakers read. “This action can be completed prior to the inauguration date, as required by the Constitution.”
The authors of the letter attached an appendix of illegal actions taken and irregularities cited in the key battleground states where Trump contested the election results that showed Biden won by outperforming Barack Obama even though in all the other state he underperformed Hillary Clinton.
The lawmakers said that the appendix, “provides evidence of a coordinated and structured multi-state effort to undermine state law protecting election integrity.”
“We intend on fulfilling our oaths of office by properly investigating and determining whether the election should be certified, or decertified, by our respective state legislatures,” the letter added. “Additional time must be afforded for the legislatures to meet and for state legislators to fulfill their constitutional duties.”
The letter was organized by Get Freedom, a 501 c(4) group after legislators held a phone call with Donald Trump over the weekend to bring the president up to speed over their concerns. The legislators asked the group to write a single letter for them all to sign.
Apparently, the organizers said that close to twenty other state legislators confirmed to them that they sent group of single-written letters to the vice president to ask him to interceded Wednesday. That brings the number of lawmakers up to 100.
Joe Sanfelippo a Wisconsin State Representative said he signed a large group letter because he knows of at least three big illegalities that happened during the Wisconsin election that were confirmed after November 3. According to Sanfelippo, they were all instances where state officials changed election rules and laws without going through the legislature. The US Constitution in Article I, Section 4 says that State Legislatures only have the authority to create or change election laws.
In Wisconsin the state Supreme Court has ruled that state officials were wrong to give permission to voters to declare themselves permanently home bound because of coronavirus so that they could skip voter ID laws. And 200,000 people took advantage of that illegal change in election law, and Biden is only ahead of Trump by about 20,000 votes. That one rules change along would flip the election.
State officials also illegally gave permission for some large urban Democrat counties to change and/or cure inaccurate ballots without the need of going back to the voters and have them do it.
Another illegal action was state officials failed to clear over 200,000 voters from voter rolls, which is mandatory by law and has been done in prior elections.
“We know laws were broken. That’s indisputable,” Sanfellippo said. “What we don’t know is whether the breaking of those laws affected the outcome of the election.”
Sanfellippo said they are asking for the delay so that the legislators can investigate the irregularities and make official decisions. It’s not their fault that Democrats hid or obfuscated evidence through malfeasance or misfeasance. Investigations take time, and it’s not right that something as serious as stealing a presidential election would be allowed because of time constraints.
“The U.S. Constitution gives us the authority to determine how elections are run. All of that assumes the law is going to be followed by those who implement it,” he added. “And now that we know the law wasn’t followed in this election, so as state legislators is it up to us to determine did that have any effect in the outcome, to hold those people who didn’t follow the law accountable and to make sure in the future those laws are followed.”