Rand Paul Lays Out What to Do About Election Fraud
In an impassioned outburst during Senate Committee hearings on election fraud in the 2020 election, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made absolutely clear where he stood.
“The fraud happened,” he said. “The election in many ways was stolen, and the only way it’ll be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws.”
Sen. Paul made the statement in the course of questioning Ken Starr, a judge and the former independent counsel who had been tasked with investigating former President Bill Clinton back in the 1990s. Starr was called to speak at the hearing because he is currently a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team.
Suggestions on How to Prevent Election Fraud
While questioning Starr, the senator suggested ways to curb or prevent election fraud in the future.
First, he said that state legislatures must take a more active role in asserting control over their states’ election procedures. In the swing states where the Trump team alleges fraud occurred, election rules were unilaterally changed by governors and state secretaries of state, without input from state legislatures. This allowed for states like Pennsylvania to accept mail-in ballots that were received after Election Day and for about 100,000 people in Wisconsin to claim “indefinitely confined” status, thus exempting them from Wisconsin’s ID requirements for mail-in voting.
Second, Paul declared that courts must rule at some point on the question of whether “people who are non-legislators can change election law.”
Criticism of Krebs and the Courts
Paul also criticized Chris Krebs during the hearing. Krebs is the former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and he was recently fired by President Trump after he claimed that the 2020 election was the “most secure in U.S. history.” Sen. Paul stated that Krebs did not examine whether and to what extent dead people voted in the election, whether non-citizens voted, or whether voters broke any of the various absentee ballot rules in the key swing states.
Importantly, Paul further emphasized that it is misleading to point out that the Trump legal team has so far been rather unsuccessful in court. Though judges have rejected many cases attempting to argue for the presence of election irregularities in the 2020 election—most prominently, the case recently brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in which Texas attempted to sue the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin for unconstitutionally altering their election laws—these cases have been rejected on various technical and procedural grounds, not because they lacked merit.
These decisions by the courts demonstrate that they are unwilling to rule on any election-related cases. Because of this, it would be extremely wise for individual states—especially state legislatures—to tighten up their election procedures and make sure that all laws are stringently enforced. Sen. Paul expressed the opinion that if state legislatures are found asleep at the wheel again, there will likely be more election fraud in the future.