WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement regarding the January 6th counting of the Electoral College votes:

“The right to vote and be heard, to have a voice in our government is one of the most important pillars of our democracy. I believe fraudulent actions and illegal voting in one state dilutes the power and voice of voters in all states. I do not believe the allegations of fraud and improprieties have gotten their day in court, as many cases were dismissed on procedural grounds, often times citing lack of standing. If the American people could not hear the evidence in court, it is incumbent upon Congress to provide that venue.

“The Constitution gives state legislatures the authority and power to set elections, and I believe state judiciaries and state executive offices overstepped their authority in a handful of states. Based on my reading of federal code, Congress has the authority to deem whether electors were appointed in accordance with state election law.

“It is for these reasons I will be objecting to the certification of the Electoral College for certain states on January 6th. It is not a decision I make lightly but I believe is necessary to ensure the validity of our elections.”