Rep Elise Stefanik is one of the latest prominent Republican lawmaker to announce that she is objecting to the certification of electoral college votes on Wednesday. The reason why will make everyone love her even more.
“I plan to object to certain contested electors on January 6,” Stefanik explains in a video on Twitter. “I do not take this action lightly. I am acting to protect our democratic process.”
The 12th Amendment, she argues, gives her an obligation to act if she believes there are serious questions with respect to the election.
“I believe those questions exist,” Stefanik said. “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 ballot security.”
Senator Ted Cruz, Texas, is leading the effort of more than 10 Republican Senators to challenge the electoral college votes on Wednesday. President Donald Trump publicly cheered him and his effort on Twitter.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) disagrees with his colleagues and argues that it’s their constitutional duty to count the electors.
“There is not a constitutional role for Congress to change the outcome of any state’s vote,” he wrote in a statement on Sunday.