On Wednesday, January 6, a joint session of Congress convened to count the electoral college votes and I contested the votes from several states.

 

The reason I contested the results was not a political decision. It is because I firmly believe the procedures surrounding how the electors in several states were chosen violates our Constitution.

 

Under the Constitution, states have the right to set their own election laws and state legislatures are the only ones who have the authority to direct how the presidential electors are chosen. In several states where I will contest the results, the rules were deliberately changed by officials other than the state legislatures in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of those states.

 

I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution therefore I cannot in good conscience vote to certify an election where the electors were not chosen properly. Standingby and letting these electoral votes be certified would show the American people the foundation of our democracy means nothing.

 

The future of our election system is at stake. Our country is and always will be worth fighting for.