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88 State Lawmakers Ask Pence to Delay ‘Opening and Counting’ Electoral Vote for 10 Days

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
by Outside Contributor

Eighty-eight state legislators from five battleground states sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging him to postpone the opening of electoral votes during the Joint Session of Congress for at least 10 days.

According to their letter, which was organized by Got Freedom: “On January 6, 2021, you are statutorily authorized and required under the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to preside over both houses of Congress to count and record the Presidential electoral vote count to elect the President and Vice President of the United States.”

“This congressionally set deadline, however, is not the supreme law of the land, and in fact must not supersede our state legislative authority under the Constitution. Moreover, the deadline is not necessitated by circumstances, especially when it truncates the fulfillment of our constitutional duties and our responsibility to the American people,” they wrote, as reported by Breitbart.

The lawmakers said that voter fraud, mismanagement by state officials, and unconstitutional laws around mail-in ballots were rampant in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Over the past two months, President Donald Trump’s team has attempted to highlight allegations and sworn statements about irregularities, fraud, and what they said are unconstitutional laws.

Pence, they argued, should take action during the Joint Session of Congress when members certify the electoral vote. Some GOP senators and representatives have said they will object to key states’ electoral votes.

“Therefore, 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. This action can be completed prior to the inauguration date, as required by the Constitution,” the lawmakers said.

Their letter is the latest in a bid to pressure Pence into sending electoral results back to state legislatures.

On Monday night, Trump said in a statement that a report from The New York Times, which cited anonymous sources claiming that Pence told Trump during a meeting that he has little power, is false.

“The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news … The vice president and I are in total agreement that the vice president has the power to act,” the president said in a statement.

According to the Constitution’s 12th Amendment, Pence, who is president of the Senate, plays a constitutional role during Wednesday’s session.

“The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted,” it reads in part.

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3 years ago

Pence isn’t going along with it. Folks… (turns chair around, sits down) it’s time to do something else. Make some tea. Do a crossword or two. Bake a nice loaf of bread. The Trump era is done.

3 years ago

So, I was an hour out on my way to our state’s capital when my truck started behaving poorly…limped back home. I turned on YouTube to watch the crowds listening to President Trump. Standing in the cold wind, he detailed example after another of these fraudulently counted votes, each with signed affidavits. When you hear this, you’d think there was something seriously wrong with how the election was conducted and counted. You wouldn’t have thought this ever could happen in the United States!

And then I watched some of the speeches in Congress, in front of Vice President Mike Pence, and not even the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, sided with the Republicans. Instead, claiming “the voters have spoken”, he denigrated the efforts of those seeking the truth, calling them “mere allegations”. He said Congress “won’t overturn the vote on this very thin basis”. Well, if none of the courts are willing to open the cases and examine the evidence, how the he<< will the truth be known???!!!

I’m am so disgusted.

3 years ago

So Nick, I guess it’s alright with you with what ALL THE RIOTING IN MAJOR CITIES THROUGHOUT AMERICA BY BLM and ANTIFA! … You’re NOT a REPUBLICAN, you’re a Progressively Communist Democratic mole in sheep’s clothing. You belong on AARP’s website!

3 years ago

This riot today was not caused by Donald Trump. It was the result of true conservatism expressing its anger at being ignored, disrespted,
told to sit down and shut up and pay your taxes for years, fight and die for your country, put up with illegals taking over our nation, no wage
increases, losing your health care, giving up our jobs to China, watching the liberals spend 4 years trying to tear down our president and the
media liberal propoganda machine.
There will be more of it.

Julia k Miller
Julia k Miller
3 years ago

We were so disappointed in VP Pence. We feel he did not do the right thing and completely let our country down.

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