Multiple Alabama Republicans opposing Electoral College certification
WASHINGTON (WSFA/AP) - Congress will meet Wednesday to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. But that process is being met with strong opposition by several Republicans, including those representing Alabama.
According to The Associated Press, there are currently about a dozen Republican senators and around 100 House representatives who say they will oppose Wednesday’s certification. They maintain opposition to the election processes in multiple battleground states.
Alabama Republicans have voiced their support of this challenge. Among them is the state’s newest senator, Tommy Tuberville, who was just sworn in Sunday. Tuberville has joined the other senators, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and said he will vote to oppose certification. Tuberville said they want an election commission established to investigate allegations of voter fraud in certain states.
These fraud allegations have been echoed by President Donald Trump. Multiple investigations within the states and Justice Department have not revealed any widespread fraud. Trump’s legal team has not presented evidence of fraud in multiple failed court challenges.
In Congress, Rep. Barry Moore, who was also sworn in on Sunday, also said he will contest the Electoral College votes. In A Facebook video posted Monday, Moore said, “We’re going to try to win this election for our president, at least make it fair and free.”
Rep. Mike Rogers is also voting against certification. In a news release, he said, “These allegations of election fraud must be thoroughly investigated before Congress can act. The results of a handful of states critical to both campaigns are in serious doubt. Our elections should be free, fair and transparent. The 2020 election was not. Therefore, I will object to the results of the Electoral College.”
Rep. Mo Brooks tweeted on Monday that he formally signed his objections to electoral votes from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He says he will vote against them.
On the opposite side, Rep. Terri Sewell, a Democrat, has criticized the Republicans’ opposition, saying, “The GOP’s latest effort to delegitimize the election is a brazen, unconstitutional attempt to overturn the will of the American people. But make no mistake: Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.”
On Monday, the Save Ourselves Movement for Justice and Democracy held a protest outside Alabama’s federal courthouse in Montgomery in opposition of the GOP efforts to overturn the election.
Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have warned against trying to overturn the election, the AP reports.
The Electoral College challenge is not likely to stop the certification or Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
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