In a letter to his Republican Senate colleagues this week, Ted Cruz of Texas called on allies and supporters of President Donald Trump to reject the results of the Electoral College in an open session on Wednesday, January 6th. Cruz said that Republicans must reject the results until Congress can conduct a 10-day audit of the Electoral College – a step he argued should have been taken by the judiciary. Unfortunately, he noted, the Supreme Court declined to hear these challenges, leaving it to the legislative branch to protect democracy.
“America is a Republic whose leaders are chosen in democratic elections. Those elections, in turn, must comply with the Constitution and with federal and state law,” Cruz wrote. “By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”
The letter has been co-signed by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Mike Braun (R-KS). The letter also attracted signatures from incoming senators from Wyoming, Kansas, and Alabama.
“Ideally, the courts would have heard evidence and resolved these claims of serious election fraud. Twice, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to do so; twice, the Court declined,” Cruz continued. “On January 6, it is incumbent on Congress to vote on whether to certify the 2020 election results. That vote is the lone constitutional power remaining to consider and force resolution of the multiple allegations of serious voter fraud.”
After arguing for the audit, Cruz said that concerns over the election – and the importance of strengthening the public’s confidence in the result – should be a matter of bipartisan concern.
“A fair and credible audit — conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20 — would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People,” he wrote.
“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend,” he continued. “We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it. And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.”
Given the makeup of the Congress, and the vast unlikelihood that Democrats will vote to reject the Electoral College results in any significant numbers, the chances of Cruz’s mission succeeding are very dim. If Joe Biden wanted to begin his presidency with the full confidence of the public, though, he would throw his support behind this effort.
Americans deserve to know that this election was a true and accurate measure of the public’s voting opinion. Unfortunately, we are very far from having that confidence.