Well, what do you know? Georgia’s secretary of state just announced the findings of a signature audit of mail-in ballots from Cobb Country in the 2020 presidential election. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation worked with the secretary of state’s office to review the 15,118 ballot envelopes looking for fraudulent votes. The results are in.
They found no fraudulent signatures. One of the ballots was signed in the wrong place. Another ballot included the spouse’s signature. However, the voter was questioned. They revealed the voter filled out his own ballot. So, no harm, no foul.
That is until the ever eccentric Louie Gohmert (R-TX) came along. Over 90 state and federal judges have condemned Trump’s attempts at lawsuits. But in many of the suits, judges evaluated Trump’s claims of fraud and found there was no evidence to support them.
Gohmert’s case argues, according to The Washington Post:
‘[T]he law that governs next week’s congressional action is unconstitutional because it impinges on Pence’s sole authority to recognize electors. The suit argues that a federal judge should order that Pence can choose to recognize alternate electors who support Trump should he wish to do so.’
Gohmert released a statement claiming that seven states sent “dueling slates of electors” to the Capitol:
‘We continue to hold out hope that there is a federal judge who understands that the fraud that stole this election will mean the end of our republic, and this suit would insure that the Vice-President will only accept electors legitimately and legally elected.’
Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward appeared in a video posted to Twitter. She is also a plaintiff in the “friendly lawsuit:”
‘It’s all on the shoulders of Vice President Mike Pence, and we have this lawsuit to assist him in being able to do his job and to do it well.’
A Republican election law expert who has been reviewing such cases as a member of the nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises. Trevor Potter said:
‘This Gohmert suit has had me scratching my head, and I don’t think the courts will take it seriously.’
Potter added that what Gohmert is going after:
‘[W]ould stand the Constitution on its head. It would effectively deliver to the vice president the right to determine who won the presidential election. If the vice president has authority to pick his favorite electors, then you wouldn’t need a Congress or a Constitution.’
Counsel to the nonpartisan Voter Protection Program Norm Eisen (D) called Gohmert’s lawsuit more “absurd and extreme” than all those that preceded it:
‘This attempt to throw out the entire legal structure which has guided American presidential elections for almost 150 years is utterly unfounded. It is destined to end up where sixty-plus other cases have: the legal ash heap.’
‘If they choose to waste the time of Congress and the nation in the middle of a health and economic crisis, it will be for no purpose at all, except to stroke the president’s ego.’
That leaves Pence in a rough spot, with what is usually just a formality. He announces the winner of the election. Trump is pressuring him to announce 45 the winner.
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