A senator in Georgia laid out a scenario in which the state could reclaim its 16 electoral votes if enough voter fraud is found in ballot audits to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential race there, intimating that other states could do the same and thus deny President Joe Biden a 270-vote majority.
In an interview with regional radio host John Fredricks at an event in Alpharetta, Ga., sponsored by Women for America First, state Sen. Brandon Beach explained how he thought the process would work: If enough fraud is found, it could trigger a political response from the state’s Republican majority that would include taking back electoral votes while also not assigning them to former President Donald Trump.
Beach told Fredricks that the process would begin via the Georgia House’s government oversight committee, which has subpoena power and could see additional “evidence” beyond fraudulent ballots.
He then went on to make a stunning prediction.
“I think [fraud] is going to be so overwhelming in Fulton [County — home to Atlanta] that shows it’s gonna be anywhere from 17-34,000 ballots, it’s gonna tell the story,” Beach said.
“But then we can look at Coffee County, Ware County, DeKalb, Gwinett — we can look at all of them and really make our case,” Beach continued. “Then, what I think we can do is — and I’m not sure, I’m not an attorney — but I think we can ask for our 16 Electoral College votes back and park ’em here, and just say we don’t want those as part of the [overall] vote.”
“So you have the authority to just basically decertify your 16 electoral votes? Just don’t give them to Trump, just park them here?” Fredricks responded.
“Bring em back and park em in Georgia,” Beach replied, “and then if Arizona would do that, and if a couple of other states did that and it got below 270, then the 12th Amendment would kick in and Congress would have to act.”
The 12th Amendment lays out how the president and vice president are chosen if no candidates receive the requisite number of electoral votes. The House would choose the president from the three candidates who received the highest number of votes, and the Senate would choose the VP from the two highest vote-getters.
Beach went on to say he wasn’t sure what would happen regarding the state’s U.S. Senate contest regarding former GOP Sen. David Purdue, who won his race against then-Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff but just barely falling short of the 50-percent threshold required by state law. Purdue lost the run-off to Ossoff in January.
“But we will look at every legal avenue that we have because I’m quite sure there were more than 5,000 ballots that were counterfeit in” the first election, Beach claimed, which was the difference between Purdue and Ossoff.
Beach went on to say that neither Democrats nor Republicans “wanted to get involved” in post-election claims of widespread voter fraud made by the Trump campaign and by Republican lawmakers in a number of key battleground states that allegedly flipped Democrat in 2020.
“Let’s get to January 20, run the clock out, and some people hid under their desk,” he said. “Let’s run the clock out, get [Joe Biden] sworn in, and then it’s all over. They had no idea people in Arizona would fight.
“We’ve got courageous folks that stood up and said, ‘I want answers,'” Beach added.
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