House Republicans from Ohio and Kentucky have demanded an inquiry into allegations of fraud at the Nov. 3 election.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) have formally requested that the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Reform committees immediately launch an official investigation into the integrity of the 2020 general election.
“We urge you to immediately convene hearings to examine the integrity of the 2020 election amid troubling reports of irregularities and improprieties,” the pair said in a letter shared on Twitter. “Our committees must conduct oversight hearings to ensure that Americans have faith in the integrity of our election. We asked that you work with us to schedule and plan these hearings as soon as possible.”
The Republicans accused the Democratic Party of deliberately neglecting to update voter registration rolls, causing Americans to receive up to three postal ballots per person because recipients were registered under multiple names.
“[California] Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation in June that required election officials to hold an all-mail election,” they said. “After the state began mailing ballots, reports surfaced of voters receiving duplicate ballots, voters receiving multiple ballots containing different versions of their name, and receiving ballots that belonged to someone else.”
Although California county election officials promised systems would be implemented to only count the first ballot to arrive from each voter, one of their own admitted there was still potential for some voters to receive up to three ballots.
“One official estimated that in his county alone ‘1,200 voters will get double or even triple ballots and another official stated that ‘[i]t is common to receive more than one ballot,'” Jordan and Comer said in a letter to Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney. “In Los Angeles County, the Registrar-Recorded/County Clerk’s office mailed approximately 2,100 ‘faulty ballots’ to residents in Woodland Hills that repeated a list of state propositions twice and did not include a means for voting for the office of president of the United States.”
There were more “election irregularities” in Georgia, where county officials were shocked to find more than 5,000 previously uncounted ballots during a state audit.
“On Nov. 16, 2020, Floyd County found 2,600 uncounted ballots that were scanned onto a memory card but never uploaded into the initial ballot count,” the Republicans said. “Similarly, on Nov. 17, 2020, Fayette County discovered 2,755 uncounted ballots and, most recently, Walton County found 284 uncounted votes.”
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and other Democrats have called for a new inquiry into the president and Trump administration, intending to prosecute them to the maximum extent allowed by law. However, Jordan and Comer believe government resources would be better spent investigating whether politicians should have been elected in the first place.
“Given your role as leaders of a political party that spent four years baselessly calling into question the legitimacy of the 2016 election with debunked allegations of Russian collusion, you owe it to all Americans to fully examine allegations of actual election errors and misconduct,” the pair said in the letter.
“On Sept. 23, 2020, we released a report detailing how Democrats across the country were pushing last-minute changes to state election laws and procedures,” they added. “We warned that these dangerous initiatives would increase the risk of election-related crimes and errors, undermine the integrity of the electoral process, and cause lingering uncertainty about the results of the election for several days or weeks after Election Day–Democrats ignored this.”