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‘Dangerous precedent’: Jan. 6 committee trains its sights on false pro-Trump electors

(*6*)Nessel, in current interviews, has mentioned the proof factors towards a coordinated effort to convene GOP electors in a number of states Trump misplaced and have them declare themselves genuine electors for that state. She famous that the varieties the electors utilized in totally different areas have been practically equivalent, from their wording to their fonts.

(*6*)“It is clear to me that this was not unbiased, rogue actors that have been unknowingly doing the identical factor as they’d executed in lots of different states,” she mentioned.

(*6*)Republicans on the time emphasised that their resolution to carry unsanctioned elector votes had a precedent. In 1960, three Democratic electors from Hawaii met to forged votes for John F. Kennedy, although the election outcomes confirmed that Richard Nixon had narrowly prevailed within the state. With a recount underway, these pro-Kennedy electors met to forged their votes anyway and submitted these outcomes to Congress and the Nationwide Archives, the clearinghouse for elector certificates.

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(*6*)Hawaii’s recount finally reversed the result, exhibiting Kennedy had received by fewer than 200 votes, and the state’s governor then licensed the Democratic slate as properly. On Jan. 6, 1961, the Democratic electors were the ones counted by Congress, with Nixon, then vice chairman, presiding.

(*6*)Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward later pointed to that episode when describing her resolution to ship GOP electors to Congress in 2020.

(*6*)In a press release this week, the Wisconsin GOP additionally pointed to Hawaii’s electors in 1960 — and emphasised that it had obtained authorized recommendation to assemble GOP electors, in case Trump discovered a technique to prevail.

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