Sen. Ted Cruz set to mount election audit effort

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Sen. Ted Cruz will lead a group of Republican senators to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in Arizona.

The Texas Republican plans to use the objection to force debate on establishing an audit of possible voter fraud in a handful of states and is not seeking to actually invalidate Biden’s win in Arizona, a person familiar with his thinking told The Post.

A joint session of Congress convenes Wednesday at 1 p.m. to accept Biden’s 306-232 win in the Electoral College — but debate is expected to drag deep into the night.

Each objection to a state’s electors must have a senator and House member on board in order to trigger debate. The House and Senate then meet separately for debates of up to two hours followed by votes.

President Trump’s allies are expected to challenge the results in at least three states, also including Georgia and Pennsylvania, though the objections each will fail in lopsided votes.

The House is controlled by Democrats and many Republican in both chambers have publicly said they will vote to accept state-approved electors.

Cruz and 11 Republican colleagues in the Senate, supported by more than 100 GOP members of the House, will object to the election results.

In a statement over the weekend, Cruz and the group of Republicans said they will not sign off on certification until a congressional panel conducts a 10-day audit of the election.

“We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed​,” Cruz and the other Republicans said.

“We are not naïve. We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise​,” their statement continued. ​

“But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue. A fair and credible audit-conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20​ – would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People​.” 

Trump’s campaign and Republican supporters in state legislatures have filed legal actions in state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, contesting the votes, but the lawsuits have been dismissed.

Cruz is expected to be joined in his objection by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.).

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is expected to object to Pennsylvania’s electors for Biden. Hawley said last week that the state “failed to follow [its] own state election law” by accepting mail-in ballots after Election Day.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who lost re-election Tuesday, is expected to object to Georgia’s electors for Biden.

Official state results indicate that Biden won Georgia by fewer than 12,000 votes, Arizona by about 10,000 votes and Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes. Trump would have defeated Biden in the Electoral College if he won the three states.

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