Most of Iowa’s congressional delegation will not challenge electoral vote; Ernst still deciding

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference with other Senate Republicans on...
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference with other Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.(Rod Lamkey | Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:53 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - When asked whether they would object to Wednesday’s congressional certification of the electoral vote, the majority of Iowa’s delegation said they would not.

The lone exception was Sen. Joni Ernst, whose office did not indicate that she would object, but that she was not committed either way.

“Senator Ernst is continuing to hear from Iowans on the matter and will be considering all the information before making her decision,” a spokesperson for Ernst said, in a statement.

Spokespeople for Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Ashley Hinson, and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, all Republicans, said that they would not be challenging the electoral vote certification.

Hinson joined other members of the House in a letter stating they would not challenge the counting of electoral votes. Miller-Meeks issued a statement later on Tuesday, citing similar justification in Congress’s limited role in this process as defined by the U.S. Constitution.

Multiple members of the House and Senate have said they will object to the certification of the electors from certain states that President-elect Joe Biden won with the encouragement of President Donald Trump, according to the Associated Press. Other lawmakers have issued statements strongly condemning the effort.

The office of Rep. Randy Feenstra had not yet replied to KCRG-TV9′s request for comment.

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