Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Dec. 16 that he and his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill would continue to monitor developments regarding claims of voter fraud in the November election, with Scott declining, at this stage, to commit to objecting to the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.
"I think all of us are in the same position," Scott said. "What we're doing is we’re trying to get as much information as possible. We're going to continue to watch what's going on. We're going to continue to listen about the fraud. We know there was a lot of fraud."
"If you remember in the beginning, the Democrats would say there was no fraud," he said. "Now they're saying, well, there's not enough fraud."
Republican electors in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico cast alternative slates of votes for President Donald Trump on Dec. 14, as the certified Democrat electors in the same states cast votes for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Critics say the strategy of Congress adopting the alternative Republican electoral votes is a long shot, as these votes haven't been authorized by any state official and don't currently have any legal status.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has argued this tactic is doomed to fail.
Jenna Ellis, attorney for the Trump campaign, told The Epoch Times that the alternative electoral votes could be accorded legal status by state legislatures, which could convene in special sessions and vote to validate them.
"They have every opportunity to call themselves back into an electoral session for the purpose of voting on which slate of delegates they’re going to send. So that is what should happen in each of these six states prior to Jan. 6,” Ellis said, adding that it could set up a so-called "dueling electors" scenario, with Congress voting on which slate of certified electors to accept.
In his remarks to Newsmax, Scott also praised Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-Wis.) performance during the Dec. 16 Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's election integrity hearing.
“Even though courts have handed down decisions and the Electoral College has awarded [Democratic presidential candidate] Joe Biden 306 Electoral College votes, a large percentage of the American public does not believe the November election results are legitimate,” he said.
"This is not a sustainable state of affairs in our democratic Republic," Johnson said, noting a number of irregularities that took place in the 2020 election and urging the next Congress to continue its election security oversight efforts "because we must restore confidence in the integrity of our voting system.”