Vice-President Mike Pence said on Saturday that he “welcomes” the effort by some GOP lawmakers to “raise objections” about the Electoral College votes when Congress meets on January 6.
“Vice president Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election,” Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said in a statement. “The vice president welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on 6 January.”
The statement comes after 11 Republican senators led by Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement on Saturday that they will reject electors from disputed states “unless and until an emergency 10-day audit is completed.”
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley was the first Republican in the Senate to announce that he will be challenging Electoral College votes.
At least 140 of their House colleagues are expected to join in the effort as well, according to CNN.
A majority of both chambers would have to vote to uphold the objection for it to be successful. That is unlikely to happen given that Democrats control the House and some Republicans in the Senate are against the move.