On Jan. 6, United States Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer joined 36 of his colleagues in objecting to slates of electors in four battleground states key to Joe Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump in November’s general election.
In a statement, the Jefferson City Republican said an amicus brief was filed on Dec. 10 in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 126 members of Congress to address allegations the states of Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan “violated the plain language of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution in their selection of presidential electors.”
The Republican representatives argue election laws were changed in the months preceding the 2020 presidential election by governors, secretaries of state, election officials and other private parties, damaging the security of future elections and the public’s faith in the election process.
“Our extraordinary republic has endured for nearly two and a half centuries based on the consent of the governed,” Luetkemeyer said. “That consent is grounded in the confidence of our people in the legitimacy of our institutions of government.
“Among our most fundamental institutions is the system of free and fair elections we rely upon, and any erosion in that foundation jeopardizes the stability of our republic.”
Even after rioters stormed the Capitol Building earlier in the afternoon, which delayed the vote for nearly six hours, Luetkemeyer and his colleagues continued on with their objections to the electors later in the evening, which caused controversy among many other House and Senate members of both parties.
Nevertheless, Luetkemeyer defended his actions – and the actions – of his fellow representatives, and said the tragic and lawless events of earlier in the day were no reason to prevent him from doing his Constitutional duty.
“As I said in my original statement, my decision on the electors is based on the Constitution and whether certain states violated it when altering election standards,” he said. “The will of Missouri’s Third District and the Constitution – not opportunists committed to creating chaos – guide my decisions.
“The Constitutional questions about those states’ elections are not erased by the reprehensible actions that took place at the Capitol.”
As expected, all objections were defeated, and Congress officially certified the Electoral College vote after 3 a.m. on Jan. 7.
“We understand that our support of objections in the joint session may not be sustained by a majority of both houses of Congress. Our oath, nonetheless, is to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States,’ and to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the same,’” Luetkemeyer said. “Taking this action today will not undermine our beleaguered institutions, as some critics charge, but rather reinforce and defend them.
“Our support of objections will not diminish the value of the vote of any individual citizen, but rather protect that value, by ensuring the Constitution is followed and by restoring the confidence of all Americans that the rule of law will be upheld today, and our elections in the future will remain secured.”