SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is among a group of U.S. politicians who have objected to an effort by fellow lawmakers to overturn the presidential election results.
A bipartisan group of 10 senators issued a statement Sunday calling for an end to the plan by some Republicans to object to the results and upend the election, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Members of Congress are scheduled to formally count the votes cast by the Electoral College Wednesday. The count is expected to officially place President-elect Joe Biden in the White House.
Biden received 306 electoral votes, while President Donald Trump received 232. The candidate who receives at least 270 votes wins.
Some House and Senate Republicans are echoing Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. An 1887 law allows for a challenge to a state’s electoral votes if an objection is made in writing by one senator and one member of the House.
“At this point, further attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election are contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans’ confidence in the already determined election results,” Romney and the other senators wrote in a statement Sunday.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee has not yet weighed in, but he acknowledged in December that Biden won the election after the Electoral College vote.
Romney on Saturday released his own statement decrying the effort to overturn the election results.
“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic,” Romney said. “The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it.”
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