To restore America’s faith in elections, Portman said he is in favor of Congress creating a bipartisan election integrity panel that will give transparency into issues in the 2020 election and recommend ideas for the next election.
On Wednesday, Congress will gather to certify the election results. Some republican lawmakers have announced plans to object to certifying the results. If a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate object to a state’s certification of the results, a vote is required to decide whether to accept or reject a state’s results.
“It is an extreme remedy because, counter to the Constitution, it allows Congress to substitute its judgment for the judgment of the voters, and for the judgment of the states that certified the results,” Portman said.
The Senator noted that he also opposed Democrats’ objection to Ohio’s results in the 2004 presidential election.
“I was concerned then that Democrats were establishing a dangerous precedent where Congress would inappropriately assert itself to try to reverse the will of the voters,” he said. “I cannot now support Republicans doing the same thing.”