Senator Tommy Tuberville: ‘Yesterday was a sad day for our great country’
These were the only two states formally objected to during a joint session of Congress to review and certify the Electoral College votes from each state.
Four additional states (Georgia, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin) had House members lined up to object, however the requisite signature of at least one senator per state was not achieved. This lack of necessary senatorial support largely came because the day’s violence led to some Republican senators reversing course on challenging certification.
As a result, Arizona and Pennsylvania were the sole states to receive a certification vote. Tuberville voted against certification in both cases.
“Yesterday was a sad day for our great country. I strongly condemn the violence and actions we saw from those who stormed the Capitol,” said Tuberville in a statement in the early morning hours of Thursday. “It undermines the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, and it has no place in our democracy.”
“The integrity of our elections is vital to our country,” he continued. “I have serious concerns that the state of Arizona did not act in accordance with their own duly enacted laws when conducting this election. Because I promised to raise these concerns on behalf of my constituents, I voted against seating the electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania.”
Alabama’s junior senator concluded, “Although the election results were not what many Alabamians – including myself – would like, the process of certifying the election results needs to be completed. I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to create an election commission that could lead to important reforms. Moving forward, I will continue to be a voice for the people of Alabama regarding the security of our elections.”
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn