SEVEN STATE LEGISLATURES CHOOSE COMPETING ELECTORS TO ILLEGAL DEM ONES
Yesterday (12/14), Republicans in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Nevada entered competing slates of electors for President Donald Trump on Monday as Electoral College members in six contested battleground states officially cast their ballots for Democrat Joe Biden.
And please add Michigan. Although initially blocked by state authorities, a delegation of 16 Michigan Republican Electors were eventually able to convene and cast their ballots for President Trump, bringing the tally to seven states entering competing slates].
By casting conditional votes for Trump, the GOP electors have set up an epic showdown in a joint session of Congress next month on January 6 when lawmakers convene to count the electoral votes and officially declare the winner.
In Madison, Wisconsin, Republicans, including party chairman Andrew Hitt and Wisconsin Elections Commissioner Bob Spindell, met to cast protest votes for Trump.
“While Wisconsin’s Democrat electors met and cast ballots, Republican electors met too. State GOP chairman said to ‘preserve our role in the electoral process with the final outcomes still pending in the courts.’ pic.twitter.com/3xDkW9kPVJ
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) December 14, 2020”
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday ruled against President Trump’s challenge regarding the status of “indefinitely confined” because the president sought to have all votes cast under that status tossed out. The court said the tossing ballots must be made on a case-by-case basis.
In a separate ruling, however, the court ruled that election officials were wrong to ordain that all voters could claim special status because of Covid-19, and voters who falsely claimed to be indefinitely confined may have their ballots tossed. In other words, the status of any questionable votes must be made on a case-by-case basis.
David Shafer, chairman of the Republican Party in Georgia said in a statement Monday that Georgia Republicans met at the State Capitol today to vote for President Trump to preserve the president’s rights under Georgia law.
“Had we not meet today and cast our votes, the President’s pending election contest would have been effectively mooted. Our action today preserves his rights under Georgia law.
— David Shafer (@DavidShafer) December 14, 2020”
“Republicans in Nevada also cast conditional votes for Trump.
— Tracy Beanz (@tracybeanz) December 14, 2020”
In Pennsylvania, Republican Electors also cast a procedural vote for the president and vice president Pence.
“BREAKING: REPUBLICAN ELECTORS CAST PROCEDURAL VOTE , SEEK TO PRESERVE TRUMP CAMPAIGN LEGAL CHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/XVWuR5WzvN
— PA GOP (@PAGOP) December 14, 2020”
Arizona’s eleven GOP electors convened to cast their protest votes for President Trump and Vice President Pence:
“Today, Arizona’s 11 Republican Presidential Electors convened to cast their votes for President @realDonaldTrump and Vice President @mike_pence. Read our full statement below ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/Cn20PcW3D7
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) December 14, 2020”
Republicans in New Mexico also took a stand for President Trump on Monday, by casting ballots for the president and vice president amid Trump’s legal team’s new lawsuit in the state.
“🚨 NEW MEXICO TAKES A STAND IN TODAY’S ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE 🚨 pic.twitter.com/Cb9A4swhOU
— Republican Party of New Mexico (@NewMexicoGOP) December 14, 2020”
In Michigan, Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent state police and 200+ troops to block Republican electors from entering the capitol building today to perform their constitutional duty. “Our Capitol is totally closed and locked down, away from the rest of the people,” said one of the Michigan Representatives outside of the Capitol building in Lansing.
“They said that they were the Republican electors there to cast their vote for president. State police declined to let them enter the building or leave votes offered in a manila envelope pic.twitter.com/rNVIwc5ZXC
— Riley Beggin (@rbeggin) December 14, 2020”
“MI Attorney General is threatening legislators w criminal investigation and possible prosecution if they disagree with her, and the MI Governor and other officials are shutting down the peoples’ house and preventing them from gathering today to perform their constitutional duty.
— Phillip Kline (@PhillDKline) December 14, 2020”
“I am telling you that they’re not going to be allowed into the Capitol” A lawyer tries to lead the Michigan GOP electors into the Capitol Building to deliver Electoral College votes for Donald Trump #Michigan #ElectoralCollegeVote #ElectoralCollege pic.twitter.com/Us4cTZFNnL
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 14, 2020”
“Our Capitol is totally closed and locked down, away from the rest of the people.” One of the Michigan Representatives speaks about today’s Capitol closure surrounding the Electoral College vote #Michigan #Electors #ElectoralCollege #ElectoralCollegeVote pic.twitter.com/hI8X2kxhAW
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 14, 2020”
The armed police finally relented, and the GOP electors in Michigan were eventually able to convene and cast their votes for the president and vice president.
-This, despite the attempts by some to stop them. Feel better now?
Ok, I gotta roll, babez. pic.twitter.com/XcApbjb9oz
— ⚡ Mαχιмυs 🔥 Uηceηѕoяed ⚡ (@Maximus_4EVR) December 14, 2020”
Meshawn Maddock, At Large National Elector wrote on Facebook:
“Today the delegation of 16 Michigan Republican Electors convened to cast their ballots for President Trump and send our pledges to Washington!
Today we did not replace any Democrat Electors. We sent Republican Electors alongside the Democrat Electors just to be safe, despite being blocked from entering the Capitol.
‘Sending more than one slate of electors is not unheard of,’ said Maddock. ‘It’s our duty to the people of Michigan and to the U.S. Constitution to send another slate of electors if the election is in controversy or dispute—and clearly it is’.”
“Like tyrannical kings of old dissolving lawful parliaments, governors in these contested states have declared themselves to be the law, and are actively preventing the state legislatures from exercising their constitutional authority over the final certification process,” said Phill Klein, former Attorney General of Kansas, now Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society.
Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks has been arguing that it will be up to Congress to determine who will be the next President of the United States.
On January 6, members of Congress will convene to count the electoral votes and officially declare the winner. The joint session also allows members to object to returns. Challenges similar to the one proposed by Brooks took place in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2017.
Brooks has met with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and separately with the House Freedom Caucus to discuss a potential challenge of the election results.
To lodge a challenge, Brooks said he will need a senator to join him. The New York Times said Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky have signaled they would be open to doing so.
Once an objection is heard from a member of each house of Congress, senators and representatives hold a two-hour debate before voting on whether to disqualify a state’s votes. Both houses of Congress would have to agree to reject a state’s results.
“We have a superior role under the Constitution than the Supreme Court does, than any federal court judge does, than any state court judge does,” Brooks said in an interview. “What we say, goes. That’s the final verdict.”
Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit.