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It is dangerous to turn vote certification into a debate

Scott Robert Shaw

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They’ve already tried nearly every trick in the book, but its possible we haven’t seen the tip of the iceberg yet. Today, the United States Congress is set to certify the results of the November election. It is normally a formal and sleepy affair, with the reading of the vote counts from all 50 states. But this year, some in Congress are threatening to turn it into a circus. A group including Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson plans to object to Joe Biden’s electors when Congress meets today to tabulate the Electoral College vote. They want the right to appoint their own electors, ones who will vote for Trump rather than Biden. Congress doesn’t have that authority, and for good reason. It is a dangerous idea to suggest that Congress has unlimited power and can overturn elections. They continue to yammer on about purported election fraud, but two full months after the election, they have yet to produce any evidence of it.  It is anti-Democratic to deny the outcome and overturn the results of state-certified elections. The fact is the only role of Congress today is to listen as the votes are tabulated. Getting in the way of that would be disenfranchising millions of Americans, telling them their vote didn’t count. That is not the way democracy works, nor should it be.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Randy Hubert

    January 6, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Why did we not follow election laws that only duly elected representatives can change. Indtead we go against the constitution and allow partasin cities to change the outcome.I have lost all faith in our elections.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 15, 2021 at 6:55 am

    The House of Representatives has selected the President 3 times in history because of unseated Electors or lack of majority electors.
    It is not dangerous, it is in the Constitution, you know that old document which is frequently ignored.
    When democrats said it was dangerous, they were speaking of testimony of those who witnessed election irregularities at 2 am because the irregularities would be heard and might not favor democrats.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 15, 2021 at 6:57 am

    HI Scott
    Censorship of opinion when asking opinion ?

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