Senators in final bid to derail certification of Biden’s victory

Senators in final bid to derail certification of Biden's victory
Mr Cruz says an audit would improve "faith in the electoral process". Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A group of US senators, led by Ted Cruz, say they will refuse to certify the President-elect’s election victory unless a commission is set up to investigate alleged voter fraud.

The 11 senators and senators-elect want a 10-day delay to audit the unsubstantiated allegations.

The move is not expected to succeed as most senators are expected to endorse Mr Biden, a Democrat, in the 6 January vote.

President Donald Trump has refused to concede the eelection to Biden, repeatedly alleging fraud without providing any evidence.

His legal efforts to overturn results have been overwhelmingly rejected by several courts. He has only one minor win, concerning a small number of postal ballots in the state of Pennsylvania, one of the states Mr Biden won in last year’s race.

Last month, the US Electoral College cemented Mr Biden’s victory over Mr Trump by 306-232. The Electroral College system confirmed November’s presidential election result by awarding points for each state won by the two White House rivals.

These votes must be affirmed by the US Congress on 6 January. Inauguration Day, when the new president and vice-president are sworn in, will be on 20 January.

The 11 senators said in a statement that November’s election had “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities”.

Citing a precedent from 1877 – when a bi-partisan committee was formed to investigate the result after both parties claimed victory in three states – they urged Congress to appoint a commission for an “emergency 10-day audit of election returns in the disputed states”.

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