Lawmaker in 2nd state announces Electoral College vote clawback

By WND Staff


(Official White House photo by Tia Dufour)

An Arizona lawmaker is calling on colleagues to withhold the state’s Electoral College votes due to allegations of fraud.

Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem said at a hearing on vote fraud Monday he believes there is enough evidence of fraud to invalidate the state’s vote for president, the National File reported.

“We are clawing our Electoral College votes back, we will not release them,” Finchem 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.”

The Constitution grants state legislatures the authority to select electors to the Electoral College.

Most states simply assign the electors based on the outcome of the popular vote, but that is not required.

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

Last week, a Pennsylvania state legislator said he and his colleagues plan to assert their constitutional authority to name the electors to the Electoral College.

Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army colonel, said in an interview with Steve Bannon’s “War Room” that members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate are 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.

Mastriano said the resolution was in the works to regain the power for the lawmakers to appoint the electors.

Momentum for the resolution came from the evidence presented at a hearing in Gettysburg, he said.

The interview:

Mastriano said all of the witnesses of vote fraud in the 2020 election should be allowed to come forward.

“The media should have done this if they cared about truth,” he said.

He said the evidence is “compelling.”

Two of the four Republican leaders of the House and Senate already support the resolution, as do more than half of GOP legislators, he said.

“We’re gonna do a resolution between the House and Senate, hopefully today. I’ve spent two hours online trying to coordinate this with my colleagues,” he said. “And there’s a lot of good people working this here. Saying, that the resolution saying we’re going to take our power back. We’re gonna seat the electors. Now obviously we’re gonna need the support of the leadership of the House and Senate, we’re getting there on that.”

Mastriano said the 2020 election was rife with “shenanigans and fraud” so lawmakers “can’t stand aside and just watch this unfold around us.”

“You know, it’s not about disenfranchising anybody, it’s making sure that every legal vote counted,” he said. “And if there’s extensive shenanigans out there it’s up to the general assembly to step in. So we have a fight on our hands and we’re gonna fight. We’re gonna take the fight all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to.”

In Arizona, Finchem noted a legal brief that conclued “we are not tethered to state statute.”

“When it comes to this one question, a simple majority can call the House and Senate back, and in a day pass a resolution, and cause those electors to basically be held. And it is binding. I’ll see you all in court,” he said.

The media have called the election for Joe Biden, but the Electoral College actually elects the president. If neither candidate obtains the required 270 votes, the Constitution turns over the election to the U.S. House, giving each state one vote.

Alongside Finchem was Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., who was in attendance in a show of solidarity with supporters of President Trump.

It would take Arizona, Pennsylvania and another state to withhold Electoral College votes and turn over the election to the U.S. House.

WND reported two constitutional-law experts, William J. Olson and Patrick M. McSweeney, have explained that Republican-controlled state legislatures have 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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