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Sen. Rand Paul blasted changes to established voting rules made in key battleground states ahead of the Nov. 3 election during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, while declaring that “fraud happened.”
“One of the laws that [has] to be confirmed and, I think reaffirmed, are state laws, so it’s not in our purview,” the Kentucky Republican said during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to examine allegations of election irregularities.
“But the state laws are set and then we have federal elections,” he continued. “So what we’ve heard about what happened in Wisconsin and what happened in Nevada I think is absolutely true and we have to prevent it from happening again.
He went on to say that he believes “state legislatures will need to reaffirm that election law can only be changed by a state legislature,” a reference to Article II in the U.S. Constitution.
Sen. Rand Paul: "The courts haven't decided the facts. They never looked at the facts… The fraud happened. The election in many ways was stolen and the only way it will be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws." pic.twitter.com/c5jM5MuCPU
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In the weeks before Election Day, in a number of states including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, secretaries of state and state courts made what critics say were unconstitutional changes to established laws, either in response to lawsuits or to implement wider use of mail-in ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those allegedly illegal changes were at the heart of Texas’ recent lawsuit against those states. The suit, which was enjoined by 17 other states, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out their election results and order state legislatures to name their set of electors.
The Supreme Court threw out the case, however, claiming Texas lacked standing to bring the suit, even though the outcome of the presidential race affects all states.
“I think there’s a lot of work to be done,” Paul continued. “While we will not dictate it to the states, I think we should have hearings going into the next year hearing from state legislatures and what they’re going to do to make sure election law is upheld” and “not changed by people who are not legislators.
“We do have an interest in that,” he added. “I don’t want [elections] to be federalized. I think what we need to do is keep it at the state level, but we can’t just say” voting irregularities “didn’t happen.”
He went on to reference a report that some 4,000 people cast ballots in Nevada who were “non-citizens.”
“We’re just going to ignore it? We’re just gonna sweep it under the rug? ‘Oh, the courts have decided the facts,’ the courts have not decided the facts,” the Kentucky Republican said.
“The courts never looked at the facts. The courts don’t like elections so they stayed out of it by finding an excuse” such as “standing,” he noted further.
“But fraud happened. The election in many ways was stolen and the only way it will be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws,” Paul said.
The committee chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Tuesday that the country cannot sustain itself if tens of millions of Americans no longer have faith in the electoral system.
“We have all kinds of examples of fraud and we know a large percentage of the American public just simply don’t think this was a legitimate election,” Johnson said.
“That’s an unsustainable state of affairs for our country. We have to have confidence in our elections, we need to restore that confidence. One of the ways to do that is with oversight hearings, point out what went wrong so things can be corrected and controls can be put in place for the next election,” he said.
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