Ted Cruz and ten other Republican U.S. senators or senators-elect said that they will reject presidential electors from states where Donald Trump has contested his defeat by Joe Biden, “unless an emergency 10-day audit” of such results is completed.
“Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” they stated.
In an emailed statement Daines said he wants an “election commission” to review the Nov. 3 election process.
“To restore confidence for Montanans and the American people, I am joining a group of senators to propose an election commission to quickly audit the election results,” Daines said in the press release.
Daines’ statement said that “the way Americans voted was altered at a scale never before imagined outside what the state legislative process intended.”
The statement from Daines cited “continued reports” of claims similar to ones made by Trump that have been rejected by the courts. That includes “irregularities with signature verification, different rules for mail-in ballots versus in-person ballots, delayed receipt of ballots, inconsistent curing of ballots, a lack of meaningful access to the polls, the dispute process and counting process for partisan poll watchers,” Daines stated.
“Once completed, individual contested states would evaluate the commission’s findings, and if necessary could convene special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed. The commission provides a needed path to resolution before the Jan. 20 inauguration,” Daines said.
“The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results. I urge my colleagues from both parties to recognize this and to join me in maintaining confidence in the Electoral College and our elections,” Murkowski said in a statement.