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Protecting the Integrity of Our Democracy

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Washington, December 9, 2020 | comments

Every American should want transparent elections, every legal vote counted, and election laws enforced. That’s what President Trump is fighting for and I fully support him.

 

President Trump is well within his constitutional right to challenge the accuracy of the election results. Article II of the Constitution gives states the power to administer their own elections. When there is evidence of voter fraud, the margin of voters is extremely close, or the state’s election laws were not followed, the election results can be contested in court or through the legislative body in the state.

 

The American people decide who wins elections, not the media. Any instance of voter fraud can affect the outcome of an election and therefore should be fully investigated. I recently signed a letter to President Trump asking him to direct Attorney General Barr to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate irregularities in the 2020 election. As Americans, we should be able to have faith in our elections and a Special Counsel would provide the certainty we deserve.

 

Oklahoma’s election laws set the standard for preventing voter fraud and ensuring our elections are secure. For example, you must have an ID to vote, including when requesting an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be received by 7 pm on Election Day and the practice of ballot harvesting is illegal.

 

The states where President Trump is challenging the election results don’t have the same election laws we do in Oklahoma. I firmly believe they should follow Oklahoma’s example. If they did have the strong laws we have, we might not be seeing some of the major issues with this election.

 

I believe voting is one of our most fundamental rights as American citizens and fair and honest elections are a pillar of our democracy. We must all remain committed to protecting the integrity of our democracy and ensuring the will of the people succeeds.

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