Clear. 69.2   F New York
AI-Powered News Summarizer
Top Stories

Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator's own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned "poll watchers," and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome.

"Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation," Sanders told CNN, "where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results. "

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting -- subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell's own words.

"We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election," the senators wrote to McConnell.

Summarizer is on Google News. Now you can get the latest AI summarized news on your favorite news platform.

Don't like Google News? We have an RSS Feed for you.

Suggestions