Monday, December 14, 2020

Stephen Miller: 'Alternative Electors' Will Send Trump Votes to Congress


The Electoral College's vote will not end President Donald Trump's hopes for reelection, as his allies are planning to send an "alternative" slate of electors to Congress, senior White House adviser Stephen Miller argued Monday as electors gathered nationwide to cast their votes. 

"The only date in the Constitution is Jan. 20," Miller said on 

Fox News' "Fox & Friends." 

"We have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election result and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election."

Miller added that "as we speak, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we're going to send those results up to Congress. This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open. That means that if we win these cases in the courts, we can direct that the alternate state of electors be certified."

Miller said Trump supporters will be acting as "alternates" in the contested states of Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania and submit their own unofficial results. 

If Trump's campaign succeeds in any of its continued legal efforts in those states, the "alternate" electors would be recognized by a joint session of Congress when it convenes on Jan. 6 to count the electoral votes and officially declare the winner of the election, Miller said.

The Washington Post 

reports that technically, alternative electors can meet and cast their own votes, as electors are picked for each candidate before the election is held. If their votes are then submitted to Congress, it must consider them. 

If both chambers of Congress vote individually to accept Biden's electors, the dispute is considered as being resolved. If the chambers do not agree and each chamber identifies a different slate of electors, a tiebreaker using a certificate of ascertainment from a state comes into play.

A state executive has already certified Biden's win in each of the four states Trump is contesting, reports the Post.

Miller, however, argued that if "you just cured three simple constitutional defects, Donald Trump is the winner of this election."

He said signature matching rules in Georgia were "illegally changed as a result of a consent decree without the legislature's approval."

Miller further claimed there were "hundreds of thousands of improperly cast ballots in Wisconsin, absentee voters who never actually submitted the request for an absentee ballot," and that in Pennsylvania, there was the "clear equal protection violation when Democrat ballots were cured in advance of Election Day."

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