A group of Republican senators led by Ted Cruz announced they will object to the certification of the presidential election results on January 6 unless there is an emergency 10-day audit by an electoral commission.
The group said the 2020 election "featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct," and, Congress, therefore, "should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states."
The group of senators cited the 1877 election between Samuel Hayes and Rutherford Hayes, which had allegations of fraud in multiple states, as a precedent to appoint an emergency electoral commission.
"In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy," the group of senators said in a statement. "Congress appointed an Electoral Commission -- consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices -- to consider and resolve the disputed returns. ... We should follow that precedent."
Cruz is joined by Senators Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall, Bill Hagerty, and Tommy Tuberville in a separate effort from that of Senator Josh Hawley and 140 House Republicans.
"Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes," the group said.