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Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator-elect Bill Hagerty, along with nine other Senate Republicans, have announced their intentions to oppose the certification of the electoral results on January 6.

The group hopes to use the opposition to pressure Congress into creating a commission to investigate their claims of voter fraud.

“On behalf of Tennesseans, we are taking a united stand against the tainted electoral results from the recent Presidential election,” the statement reads. “American democracy relies on the consent of the governed. Allegations of voter fraud, irregularities, and unconstitutional actions diminish public confidence in what should be a free, fair, and transparent process. Protecting the integrity of the electoral process is paramount to preserving trust and legitimacy in the final outcome.”

The statement continues “For critical moments like these, the Constitution reserves the right to challenge the Electoral College results to members of Congress. On January 6, we will vote to oppose certification of the 2020 election results.”

Joining Blackburn and Hagerty in the opposition are U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Senators-Elect Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.).

In a joint statement from the entirety of the group, the demands are more clearly stated, calling for the creation of an electoral commission "with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states."

"Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not 'regularly given' and 'lawfully certified' (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed," the statement adds.

It is not clear which states the Republicans consider disputed, nor is there any evidence provided to back up their concerns of voter fraud.

Vice President Mike Pence, who has stated his support for the opposition, will preside over the count and will announce the results of the Electoral College vote.

Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, said in a statement that the vice president "shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election."

"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 January 6th," he said.

During the count on Wednesday, if any objections to the electoral votes are made—as the group plans to do—they are to be submitted in writing and signed by at least one member of the House and one Senator.

This will prompt an open-floor debate, and then the House and Senate will withdraw to their respective chambers to consider the veracity of the objections under procedures set out in Federal law.

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