U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) said this week that Congress might need to step in to reform America’s election system.
DesJarlais said this on his Facebook page Thursday as officials in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona continue to count votes for Tuesday’s presidential election. U.S. President Donald Trump alleges voter fraud took place in those swing states.
DesJarlais said the current situation “is absurd.”
“No one should sit here and say that this process doesn’t stink. And to not allow observers — from both sides — to witness the process of counting is just downright unacceptable. That must change ASAP! Election reform is needed and the mail-in process will always be vulnerable to delays and the suggestion that foul play is involved — especially with the evidence being presented,” DesJarlais wrote.
“I have offered to help the President in any other state where problems exist. We’re very fortunate in Tennessee to do it the right way — and we did. And, while I am traditionally a supporter of states’ rights, if some are unable to create a free and fair process, then we need to engage in a legislative fix for election reform. And, Tennessee’s success should be a part of that discussion.”
DesJarlais said America needs “a defined in person voting process that includes early voting.”
“We need voter ID requirements. We need a limited mail in ballot process that allows for absentee votes for military personnel serving overseas or away from their homes, people traveling abroad for extended periods, and those that have serious health issues that would legitimately keep them from being able to make it to the polls,” DesJarlais said.
“Beyond that, people should take a brief moment out of their lives to show up and make an informed vote for the candidates and issues on the ballot.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) said this week that constituents in his district want “a fair accounting” of votes in this year’s presidential election.
“Even Democrats that I bump into that are friends are saying they just want legal votes to count and non-legal votes to not count. We are a competitive country. We love a good fight, but we also don’t want deflated footballs. We want the rules to be followed,” Green said in a video he uploaded to his Facebook page.
“As the various states work this out and make sure that the votes are appropriately counted I think this may take us a few days. I understand that, but we want the right person to win and we want it to be fair. I just want to reiterate that, at least what I am seeing here in Tennessee, people want a fair fight. We have a values system in this country. You don’t cheat. You don’t lie. You don’t steal. Duty, honor, country.”
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