On Wednesday, Representative Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson, Drew Hamill, announced that House Democrats plan to seat Congresswoman-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks who officially beat a Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa by six votes, on a provisional basis.
As Politico reported, Pelosi’s spokesperson said, “Every vote counts, and that’s why the Committee on House Administration is conducting a thorough and fair review of this election to make sure every vote was counted and counted as cast. Pending the outcome of the Committee’s review and consistent with House practice, we intend to seat the Republican candidate on Sunday provisionally.”
The ballots in Iowa have all been counted and re-counted, as per Iowa election law. The Constitution gives the states the authority to decide how they enact their own elections.
However, the Constitution does not give the House of Representatives any direct authority to overrule a state’s election laws unless the said laws are fundamentally unconstitutional, such as violating the 1st or 4th amendments.
The Democrats in Iowa are so concerned about every vote counting and want a recount after the results were already certified, want what would most likely be a months-long investigation conducted, and want to re-examine the ballots for “intent.”
The ironic thing is, as they make those demands, they say that Trump should not be allowed to look into the rampant voter fraud and irregularities such as dead people voting, people voting where they don’t live, and more people voting than there are registered.
If there was an unconstitutional flaw in how the Iowa elections were conducted, the proper path is through the courts, not through such a highly partisan body as the US House under Pelosi.
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