The Republican leaders in four key states won by the president-elect Biden said that they would not participate in a legally questionable program to flip their state voters to vote for President Donald Trump. Their comments effectively prevented some Republicans from emerging conspiracies, which is the last chance to keep Trump in the White House.
State Republican lawmakers in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have all stated that they will not interfere with voters’ choices, and voters will ultimately vote to ensure that candidates win. Some people pointed out that such a move would violate state laws and the people̵
The Speaker of the Arizona Republican House of Representatives Rusty Bowers said: “I can’t see, except for the discovery of some kind of fraud-I have not heard of anything-I have not dealt with voters’ problems in any serious way Change.” Said he has been overwhelmed by emails requesting the legislature to intervene. “The law requires them to choose based on the people’s vote.”
This idea loosely involves the Republican-controlled legislature, rejecting Biden’s victory in the general election in the states, and choosing to choose Trump voters. Although the outcome is unclear, it seems to depend on the expectation that the conservatively inclined Supreme Court will resolve any disputes about this move.
Nonetheless, it was promoted by Trump allies, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Tron DeSantis), and is an example of misleading information and false claims that aggravated Trump supporters Doubts about the integrity of the vote.
This theory is rooted in the fact that the U.S. Constitution gives the state legislatures the way to decide electors. Each state has passed laws delegating this power to voters and appointing voters for any candidate who wins on election day. The only opportunity for the state legislature to engage with voters subsequently is a provision in federal law that allows it to be used when the actual election “loses”.
If the results of the election in mid-December are not yet known, the Republican-controlled legislatures of these states can declare Trump’s victory and appoint voters to support him before the deadline for nominating voters. That’s probably the theory.
Legal experts point out that the problem is that the outcome of the election is not clear. Biden won all the controversial states. When Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security stated that the election had not been tampered with and was “the safest in American history,” it is hard to say that the election was “lost.” No widespread fraud or problems were found in the vote count, which shows that Biden leads Trump by more than 5 million votes nationwide.
Trump’s campaign and its allies have filed a lawsuit aimed at delaying certification and possibly providing evidence for the election failure. But so far, Trump and Republicans have achieved only modest success-at least ten lawsuits have been rejected by the court in the ten days since the election. The most important thing left is to ask the court to prevent Michigan and Pennsylvania from proving Biden as the election winner.
But legal experts say that the court cannot ultimately prevent these states from appointing voters before the December deadline.
Danielle Lang, who campaigned for the Legal Center, said: “This will be the most unreasonable and strangest court intervention in the country’s history.” “In all these lawsuits, I have not seen anything with any merit. Not to mention the delay in appointing voters.”
Even if Trump wins a lawsuit, there is another major obstacle: Congress will be the final arbiter of whether to accept the voters submitted by the Republican legislature. If the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate fail to agree to accept its voters and who becomes the president, the president will pass on to the next person in the same line. Trump and Vice President Pence’s term ends in January 20. That will be the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.
Ohio State University Constitutional Professor Edward Foley said: “If this is a strategy, I don’t think it will succeed.” “I think we are in the realm of fantasy.”
But unreasonable claims about fraud and corruption have been widely circulated in the conservative world because Biden won the election. When asked whether state legislators should invalidate the official results, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said: “Everything should be on the table.”
DeSantis urged residents of Pennsylvania and Michigan to call state legislators and urged them to intervene. “According to Article 2 of the Constitution, presidential electors are completed by the legislature, with plans and frameworks established by it. If there is a violation of the law, non-compliance with the law, or ignorance of the law, they can also provide remedies.”
However, Republican lawmakers seem to remain stable. The top legislative leader of the Republican Party, State Senator Jack Coman and Representative Kerry Benninghoff wrote in a press release: “The Pennsylvania State Assembly has no choice or power to determine the outcome of the presidential election.” On Friday, their office expressed support for the statement.
The Republican leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly Robin Vos (Robin Vos) has long refuted this idea, and his spokesman Kit Beyer said he insisted on that position on Thursday.
In Michigan, legislative leaders stated that any intervention would violate state law. Although the Republican-controlled legislature is investigating the election, Mike Shirkey, the majority leader of the state Senate, told radio station WJR on Friday: “Our analysis will not lead to any changes in the results. This is not an expectation. .”
Associated Press reporters Scott Bauer of Madison, Wisconsin, David Eggert of Lansing, Michigan, Marc Levy of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Alanna Durkin Richer of Boston, and Deb Riechmann of Washington, DC contributed to this report.