3rd state considers lawmakers naming electors

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  • 12/03/2020

President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and her husband Jesse Barrett greet invited guests on the Blue Room Balcony of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett's swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice. (Official White House photo by Tia Dufour)

There's talk in a third state of state lawmakers asserting their constitutional authority to select Electoral College electors instead of assigning them through the popular vote.

WXIA-TV in Atlanta reported the calls for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to call a special session of the Georgia General Assembly to alter election procedures as state senators held hearings on evidence of vote fraud and manipulation.

The report, however, said it's not clear if there's significant support among state lawmakers for such an extraordinary measure.

The hearings center on eyewitness testimony of fraud in Georgia's election. State leaders insist there is no evidence of widespread fraud or of a concerted effort to manipulate the results.

But Fox News noted Ray Smith, a lawyer for the Trump campaign, confirmed the campaign is filing a petition to contest the election results.

He also called on Georgia lawmakers to choose their state's electors.

"Because of irregularities and abject failure of the secretary of state of this state and the counties to properly conduct of the election it is impossible — impossible — to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election," Smith charged.

Typically, a new election would fix the problem, he said.

"However, because the presidential election is actually a delegation of your constitutional duties as a legislature, you as a Georgia legislature are the body that is to choose the presidential electors," he said.

The call for state lawmakers to claw back their constitutional power to choose Electoral College electors is growing.

A resolution proposed by lawmakers in Pennsylvania charges "numerous illegal acts" in the 2020 election have been "ignored" by the governor, secretary of state and election officials.

The lawmakers state the General Assembly "takes back and reserves the power to designate presidential electors for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the December 2020 meeting of the Electoral College and withdraws any prior statement or direction to the contrary given by the General Assembly or any other official or body."

Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem also announced during a recent vote-fraud hearing he wants the legislature to reclaim control over the appointment of Electoral College electors, the National File reports.

"We are clawing our Electoral College votes back, we will not release them," he said. "That's what I'm calling our colleagues in both the House and the Senate to do. Exercise our plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution."

Several constitutional experts have pointed out that state lawmakers have great latitude in determining their electors, and for whom they vote, if they have evidence of vote fraud or other misbehavior.

Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army colonel, said in an intervew with Steve Bannon's "War Room" that members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate were working on a joint resolution to "grab back" their constitutional authority from the secretary of state that was ceded in 1938, the Gateway Pundit reported.

The now-completed Pennsylvania resolution notes that state law requires mail-in ballots to be in by 8 p.m. on Election Day and for all signatures to be authenticated.

But the state this year used "satellite locations," and the state Supreme Court made other changes to the state's election laws weeks before the election.

The resolution has additional pages of election process defects that lawmakers have identified. Litigation followed because of the anomalous vote pattern, in which President Trump's lead of some 700,000 votes evaporated with the introduction of vote "dumps" after polls closed in which Joe Biden was given in excess of 95% of the votes.

The resolution states that in light of the "irregularities" and the "infringement on the General Assembly's sole authority" regarding electors, the lawmaking body "takes back and reserves the power to designate presidential electors for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the December 2020 meeting of the Electoral College and withdraws any prior statement or direction to the contrary."

The media have credited to Joe Biden enough Electoral College votes to be president. But the outcome is not official until the Electoral College votes. And if enough states withhold their votes, neither candidate could gain the required 270 to be elected president.

In that case, the Constitution provides that the U.S. House elects a president, with each state getting one vote.

WND reported two constitutional-law experts, William J. Olson and Patrick M. McSweeney, have explained that Republican-controlled state legislatures that the authority to appoint slates of Republican electors to the Electoral College if the voters chose the Democratic candidate.

That could happen if there is evidence of fraud and other remedies are not available.

"During the 2020 presidential election, many of the so-called swing states, including Arizona, saw unprecedented – and unlawful – erosions of procedural safeguards as well as administration irregularities on Election Day," the constitutional experts have explained. "People deserve an honest accounting of who won. … With respect to identifying and remediating fraudulent or mistaken results, it is now or never, whatever can be done must be done.

"Legislators who want to carefully examine the election process, and take action if significant election fraud is found, would be simply giving effect to the vote of the people, not denying it."


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