Fortenberry says he will vote to affirm Electoral College vote

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said Wednesday he will vote to affirm the results of the 2020 presidential election. 
Jeff Fortenberry

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said Wednesday he will vote to affirm the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Congress is set to vote on affirming the decision of the Electoral College to award the election to Joe Biden on Wednesday.

Fortenberry said he re-read the Constitution, studied legal arguments and debated with colleagues before coming to his decision.

“There is no argument here that will satisfy everyone,” he said in a statement. “As much as I supported President Trump to win, I believe the proposed remedy to election irregularities is inconsistent with my legal obligation and the guidance of my conscience. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. My decision is consistent with that oath. I will vote to certify the election.”

Sen. Deb Fischer said in a statement on Tuesday that she “will uphold my oath and vote to affirm the decision of the Electoral College.”

“There are no do-overs; if a state’s results are not counted tomorrow, millions of voters across the country will be disenfranchised,” Fischer said in her statement. “Such an extreme action should only be taken with proof of widespread malfeasance. No such proof has been presented. Therefore, it would not be proper for Congress, an inherently political body, to substitute its judgment for the will of the people or for that of states that certified their results.”

Though Fischer said she will vote affirm to the decision of the Electoral College, she said more needs to be done to address election security.

“I also share the concern of many Nebraskans about potential voting irregularities,” Fischer said in her statement. “Should there be investigations? Yes. Should states do more to secure their election procedures? Yes. We must have greater confidence that our elections are secure.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska’s other senator has spoken out against colleagues who plan to object to the certification of the Electoral College

 

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