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Sen. Tom Cotton Says He Will Not Oppose Counting Of Electoral College Votes

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) announced late Sunday that he would not join efforts to challenge the electoral college vote during the joint session on Jan. 6.

The Arkansas senator said although he shares concerns about election irregularities in the 2020 general election, he believes that Congress would be exceeding its own power if it tried to overturn the Election College results and set “unwise” precedents.

“Congress would take away the power to choose the president from the people, which would essentially end presidential elections and place that power in the hands of whichever party controls Congress,” Cotton said in a statement.

He added attempts to challenge the votes would imperil the Electoral College and give Democrats more reasons to achieve their goal of eliminating the system, which had helped Republicans win the presidency in 2000 and 2016.

Cotton also argued that overturning Electoral College results could also see Democrats push for the federalization of election law.

“Thus, I will not oppose the counting of certified electoral votes on January 6,” Cotton said. “I’m grateful for what the president accomplished over the past four years, which is why I campaigned vigorously for his reelection. But objecting to certified electoral votes won’t give him a second term—it will only embolden those Democrats who want to erode further our system of constitutional government.”

This comes as a growing group of Republican House members and senators announce their intention to challenge electoral college votes in several states where election results are disputed over allegations of irregularities and voter fraud. Republicans, in the lead up to Jan. 6, have been picking sides in this last-ditch effort to ensure that allegations of voter fraud are transparently and independently resolved in order to safeguard confidence in U. S. elections for years to come.

Twelve senators have expressed their intent to participate in the efforts, and at least 50 House members have committed to objecting to the contested votes on Jan. 6, according to a tally by The Epoch Times. Meanwhile, at least two dozen lawmakers from both houses of Congress say that they will not participate in the efforts.

Lawmakers have defended their move to challenge the electoral college votes, saying that it is Congress’s duty to restore trust in democratic processes.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said since the U. S. Supreme Court has refused to take up any of the cases related to the 2020 election, Congress now has a responsibility to fill that role.

“We have an independent responsibility to the Constitution. We have an independent obligation to the rule of law,” Cruz also told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

Cruz is leading a group of 10 senators who are demanding that an electoral commission is est… (Read more)

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