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Rep. Andrew Clyde At Arizona Audit Hearing: Recounting Counterfeit Ballots Won't Change Results

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Georgia Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde explained his position on Arizona's election audit during a House Oversight Committee hearing on election integrity on Thursday morning.


REP. ANDREW CLYDE: Democrats claimed Republicans did not win races fairly in 2000 and again in 2004, and since 2016, we have listened to the left repeat the big lie that Russia stole the election.

That lie has been repeated now for almost five years. Now, the same voices are simply beside themselves that Republicans would dare ask for integrity in our election process.

So the question is: When do we stop pointing fingers and start carrying out our duty to ensure our constituents can trust our elections?

Building trust starts with taking steps that all votes are legal and cast by eligible voters.

Building trust does not start by harassing a private company doing a job that it was contracted to do.

Nor does it start by violating the 10th Amendment, federalism, and the rule of law by stepping in with a the-feds-know-best attitude. The federal government doesn't and shouldn't have a say over how the state of Arizona carries out its election, nor should it actively work to prohibit Arizona, or any state from carrying out a forensic audit to verify the integrity of its election laws. And to restore public trust at the polling booth.

We need less federal involvement in our elections, not more.

The American people, and specifically for today's hearing, those from Arizona, deserve to be able to cast votes with confidence and trust in an electoral process an outcome irrespective of which candidate or party wins. Every legal vote must be counted and those that are illegal must be set aside. We cannot allow any voter's legal vote to be invalidated and canceled by an illegal vote.

I find it important to resumed my friends on both sides of the aisle, and our witnesses, of the fact we can take $100 in One Dollar bills and count it as many as we want and it will remain the same. 100.

But if many are counterfeit, you may have 100 pieces of paper in your pocket, but you don't have $100 dollars in legal tender. That is the real issue here today.

It is not just the count, it is the counting of legal votes.

Illegal and counterfeit votes must be tossed out that. That is a common-sense rule that must be followed in Arizona, Georgia, and all other elections.

Thankfully, my home state has worked to fix those serious problems that plagued our election process, such as signature discrepancies on absentee ballots, off-hour ballot counting, and unsecured ballot dropboxes, just to name a few, so voters can trust the process.

I will do everything in my power to ensure Washington keeps its hands off Georgia's election laws and our 10th amendment rights are not seized by the federal government.
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