U.S. Rep-elects Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) and Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) on Tuesday joined 24 of their fellow Republican members-elect in signing on to a letter asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to open an investigation of alleged irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.
As reasons for the investigation, the letter cites litigation brought by multiple states and claims “thousands of witnesses have submitted sworn affidavits of reported fraud related to the 2020 presidential election.”
“Americans should be able to have faith that our elections are free and fair,” Carl wrote on Twitter with regards to his reasoning for signing the letter.
“I think it is incumbent upon us to make sure our election process is one of the highest integrity,” Moore said in a message to Yellowhammer News, adding that he believes the election should not be considered over and is joining measures he believes will keep President Donald Trump in the White House.
Joining the two Alabamians in signing the letter were high profile freshman Republicans like Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Burgess Owens (R-UT), Ronny Jackson (R-TX), Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and 19 others.
Specifically, the signers of the letter say there have been “verified reports of:”
- Absentee and mail-in ballots with missing or unverified signatures
- Missing and unaccounted voting machine memory cards
- Restrictions on bipartisan election observers during critical phases of the election process
The letter comes after the members of the 2020 Electoral College voted on Monday to make Joe Biden the president-elect.
President Trump and a cadre of Republican members of the House have pledged to keep up the fight over the election results, which they claim was rigged and stolen.
Led by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), and with Moore pledged to join once sworn in, the group plans to contest the presidential election results on January 6 when the Electoral College vote count is set to be certified in a joint meeting of Congress.
“I don’t expect that this letter will have much of an impact on Nancy Pelosi that’s why I am joining Congressman Mo Brooks and others on the floor on Jan 6 to protest delegates from key states who have clear proof of voter fraud. We have videos, sworn affidavits and voting machine audits, that’s enough for me. This election was stolen. If Democrats will use any means necessary to steal an election then we must use every means given to us by the constitution to stop it,” Moore said on Wednesday.
The evidence cited by Moore and others has so far not yielded any victories in court that have changed the result in a swing state, casting doubt on the effort among other conservatives who have not yet signed on to their cause.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and several other top Republicans in the upper chamber have now referred to Biden as president-elect, citing the Electoral College vote count and the Trump team’s lack of wins in court, and urged members of the Senate not to join Brooks’ effort.
Brooks would need at least one senator to join his objection for the protest to then be considered by each chamber of Congress. Even then, it would be considered a long-shot measure as the House is controlled by Democrats and the Republicans in Senate leadership have not indicated they share Brooks’ belief that there was enough widespread fraud to change the results in any state.
The letter signed by Carl and Moore on Tuesday notably does not claim the desired investigation will overturn the election, but rather that certain activities and occurrences regarding the election are worth investigating.
“Our constituents demand that these reported gross violations of our elections process are investigated seriously with the intent of restoring confidence in our electoral process,” the members-elect wrote.
They further assert, “Guaranteeing every U.S. citizen’s right to vote in a free and fair election is key to protecting our Constitutional Republic, and it is the duty of each of us to ensure that right.”