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Sen. Tim Scott to propose commission to examine integrity of November election

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 12:34 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (WCSC) - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will introduce a bill Wednesday to establish the 2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee, which would scrutinize the November election, his office says.

The commission would be tasked with “examining the integrity of the November election and making recommendations to State legislatures to improve the security, integrity, and administration of federal elections,” a release from the senator’s office states.

Under Scott’s proposal, the commission would comprise 18 members, nine of whom would be appointed by the Republican Senate leader and the other nine by the Speaker of the House.

The committee would study:

  • The effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the election;
  • The election practices adopted in response to the COVID–19 pandemic;
  • Practices regarding mail-in ballots, absentee ballots, and vote-by-mail procedures;
  • Practices that would have allowed improper or fraudulent voter registration or votes;
  • The scope of any improper or fraudulent voter registration or votes;
  • Practices that would bolster public confidence in the integrity of future general elections.

It would then submit two reports. The first would include precinct-by-precinct data highlighting the number as well as incidences of any improper and fraudulent voter registrations and improper and fraudulent votes that were cast in the election.

A final report would then include recommendations each level of local and state governments should adopt for administering elections for federal office during a pandemic and other national emergencies; preventing fraud and increasing the integrity and security of mail-in ballots, absentee ballots and vote-by-mail procedures; and preventing improper or fraudulent votes from being cast and stop improper voters from being registered.

Scott released the following statement:

“The beauty of the American experiment is the ability to freely question our processes and build upon lessons learned. We cannot move forward without looking back and scrutinizing the issues that led to millions of Americans losing trust in our election system. While every election has a modicum of fraud, the circumstances around the pandemic led multiple states to make rushed and perhaps ill-planned changes to their election systems weeks ahead of the presidential election. Simply put, Congress needs to act in a bipartisan fashion to examine the missteps—intentional or not—made this year in state legislatures across the country.

“My bill will establish an Election Integrity Commission that would study the merits and administration of the November 2020 election and make recommendations to State legislatures to improve the security, integrity, and administration of federal elections. It is absolutely critical that every American has faith in our electoral system and that their vote is counted. As President Reagan said, ‘Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction,’ and now more than ever before is it our duty to regain the trust of the American voter.”

When Congress convenes Wednesday afternoon, they are expected to affirm the results of the Electoral College vote. Some GOP lawmakers pledged to object to doing so, claiming election fraud.

But Scott said Tuesday he opposes such an effort, saying there is “no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors.”

“Some of my colleagues believe they have found a path, and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps towards stamping out voter fraud,” he said in the statement. “Importantly, I disagree with their method both in principle and in practice. For their theory to work, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats would have to elect Donald Trump president rather than Joe Biden. That is not going to happen, not today or any other day.”

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