Tennessee Congressman Suggests ‘Legislative Fix’ to Reform Elections


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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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Mark Green” by Mark Green.









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2 Thoughts to “Tennessee Congressman Suggests ‘Legislative Fix’ to Reform Elections”

  1. John

    Scott, you, Empty Suit Blackburn and others have had 4 years already to fix this mess EVERYONE knew already existed. YOU ARE ALL INCOMPETENT!!!

    We’ve lost our Constitutional Republic forever.

  2. Julie

    The house Democrats are not going to be interested in helping change a system they are benefitting from so do not expect any kind of reform. The Democrat party feels justified if they have to lie, cheat, or steal their way into power. They are now the party of socialism (until communism is cool) and feel it is their right and duty to tell you how to live your life. After all, they are the smartest people in the room and know what is best for you. You are incapable of making good decisions on your own so they will make them for you. But don’t expect them to live by the same rules, and their energy expenditure will never be rationed. Don’t you understand how important they are?