Senate Votes in Favor of Certifying Electoral College Votes, 6 Republicans Vote No

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 7, 2021   |   12:18AM   |   Washington, DC

The Senate voted today to certify the Electoral College votes of the state of Arizona, the first of a handful of states lawmakers were expected to object to prior to a chaotic day on Capitol Hill of protests inside Congress after a massive rally with President Donald Trump.

Only 6 Republicans voted to block the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes for Biden, noting election fraud issues and discrepancies.

They were: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) and Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS).

Hyde-Smith voted in favor of rejecting Arizona’s electoral votes Wednesday evening and the Mississippi senator said “I, along with my constituents, are alarmed with the erosion of integrity of the electoral process.”

“The people I represent do not believe the presidential election was constitutional and cannot accept the Electoral College decision; therefore, I cannot in good conscience support certification,” she added.

A dozen or more Republican senators had said they would join House members in objecting but some backed out of the extensive protests inside the Capitol. But Senator Hawley was not one of them:

‘Violence is not how you achieve change,’ Hawley said. ‘And that’s why I submit to my colleagues that what we’re doing here tonight is actually very important. Because fo those who have concerns about the integrity of our elections … this is the appropriate means, this is the lawful place, where those objections and concerns should be heard.’

He said he hoped the Senate could address concerns ‘peacefully, without violence, without attacks, without bullets.’

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Hawley then indicated that he might not file objections after the debate over Arizona was complete, bringing up the issues he had with Pennsylvania during his brief floor speech.

‘And so Mr President let me just say now, that briefly, in lieu of speaking about it later,  a word about Pennsylvania – this is a state that I have been focused on, objected to,’ Hawley said.

He then went on to complain that the state set-up ‘universal mail-in balloting.’

‘And did it irregardless of what the Pennsylvania Constitution says,’ Hawley said, using the improper word for regardless.

The senator then objected to how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made its decision, holding up the law that allowed for enhanced mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelly Loeffler of Georgia had originally planned to object but changed her mind, saying she could not “in good conscience” follow through on objecting to Biden’s presidency.

“When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes. However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider and I cannot now, in good conscience, object,” said Loeffler.

Like Loeffler, Sen. Jim Lankford, R-Okla., reconsidered his objections.

“While we disagree — and disagree strongly at times — we do not encourage what happened today, ever,” said Lankford. “We are headed toward certification of Joe Biden as [president of the United States] and we will work together.”

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