The following response to a petition signed by about 750 Vermonters asking Rep. Peter Welch to look into voter fraud drew this response from Vermont’s lone congressperson:
“Thank you for sharing your concerns about the 2020 presidential election, and a petition urging an investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives into allegations of election fraud. I appreciate your feedback on this important issue.
“President Joe Biden won the popular vote, by more than 7 million votes, and the Electoral College. The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), an agency under the Department of Homeland Security, has called this election the most secure in American history. There is no credible evidence of significant voter fraud or that voting systems were compromised.
“The court system, members of Congress, and the former President should respect the American people’s decision. Undermining the results of the election with false claims of voter fraud is deeply irresponsible and damages the core of our democratic system honoring the will of the voters and the election outcome.
“We saw the violent, anti-democratic consequences of former President Trump’s assault on our electoral system on January 6, 2021. A violent mob, manipulated and lied to by former President Trump and his allies, attacked the U.S. Capitol to stop the electoral vote certification. They failed to stop the certification of the election results, but during the mob attack five people died, including a Capitol police officer, dozens were injured, the Capitol was ransacked, and a pillar of our democracy was shaken. It was a disgraceful attempt by the former President to overturn an election he lost.”
Member of Congress
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