June 24, 2021

House committee to consider overturning two House elections

Though Donald Trump’s objections to the 2020 election have been settled, at least two hotly contested House races could still be up in the air.

A Democrat-led House committee has quietly commenced the process to potentially overturn Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and Illinois’s 14th Congressional District election, the Washington Examiner reported on Friday. 

Iowa Republican Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks was declared the victor over Democrat Rita Hart by just six votes and was certified the winner of the race after a recount and recanvass of the entire district.

Hart isn’t going down quietly, choosing to contest the certification in the Democrat-led House rather than the courts. House Administration chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said last month that Miller-Meeks could face removed from her seat if Hart is able to prove that 22 ballots were excluded from the final tally.

Miller-Meeks has already been sworn in and seated in the House, and ranking House Administration Committee ranking member Rodney Davis (R-IL) is objecting to Hart’s case to overturn the election.

“Rita Hart had an opportunity to challenge each of these claims using Iowa’s impartial judicial proceedings, but instead, she has chosen to sidestep Iowa law and ask this House to decide this election for Iowa voters,” said Davis.

“Taking up this election contest would set a dangerous precedent that candidates don’t have to exhaust their legal options through the state and can, instead, go straight to Congress if they don’t like the outcome of an election,” Davis added. “I can’t think of a worst first step this committee could take in a new Congress than to waste taxpayer dollars by moving forward with overturning this election.”

In Illinois’s 14th Congressional District, the margin of victory for Democrat Rep. Lauren Underwood was much larger at 5,300 votes, but Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is also contesting the certification of Underwood’s victory in the House.

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