More than 100 state legislators ask Pence to delay certification of electoral votes by 10 days
Lawmakers say they want more time to investigate the irregularities that occurred in their respective states.
by John Soloman, Just the News, 6:31 PM January 5, 2020
More than 100 state legislators from contested battleground states have asked Vice President Mike Pence to delay by 10 days the congressional certification of the elections in their states so they can have more time to investigate irregularities and illegalities.
The dramatic requests, delivered in various letters on the eve of a joint session of Congress, added intrigue and drama to a process that normally is pro forma.
While Pence has said he supports lawmakers who are concerned about the conduct of the November election, he has not indicated whether he'd be willing to go as far as delaying counting votes from states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania or whether such a manuever would be deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Nonetheless, the 11th hour letters from state legislators added to a growing momentum among Republicans to contest Joe Biden's declared election victory.
"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," one letter to Pence signed by 88 state Republican legislators read. "This action can be completed prior to the inauguration date, as required by the Constitution."
That letter attached an appendix listing irregularities and illegalities in the battleground states where Trump has contested the election results showing Biden the winner.
The appendix, the lawmakers wrote, "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."
That letter was organized by a 501(c)(4) group called Got Freedom after state legislators had a private call with Trump over the weekend to brief the president on their concerns. The group said the legislators asked it to organize a single letter for many to sign.
Group organizers said more than two dozen other state legislators had confirmed they had sent other individual or group letters asking Pence to intervene Wednesday, bringing the total to 117.