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So far, three Republicans in Indiana’s Congressional delegation plan to vote against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory when Congress meets on Wednesday. 

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Monday evening, Rep. Jackie Walorski tweeted that she would object to certain electors in battleground states if an Electoral Commission is not created to conduct an emergency audit of the presidential returns. 

On Sunday, Rep. Jim Banks posted on Facebook saying he would vote against certification in certain battleground states.

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Their decisions come after Sen. Mike Braun and 10 other Republican Senators released a joint statement Saturday saying they intend to reject electors from “disputed states” until a 10-day audit of election returns is completed.

In his post, Banks said his planned vote was akin to upholding the Constitution. 

More: Sen. Braun says he’ll object to election certification. Here’s what that means.

“Article II, Section 1, clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that Presidential Electors must be appointed according to rules established by each state’s legislature,” Banks said in his Facebook post. “But in the months before the 2020 election, these rules were thwarted in some states not by their legislatures — but by governors, secretaries of state, election officials, judges and/or private parties.”

Banks could not be reached to explain how rules were thwarted and in what states. For months, Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overturn results in several battleground states, claiming the election was stolen despite no evidence of widespread fraud.

The Supreme Court has twice refused to take up Trump-endorsed lawsuits that sought to reverse the results.

Walorski said that regardless of the outcome of the election, Congress must ensure elections are “free, fair, and secure.”

“The integrity of our elections — and the faith the American people have that their votes are fully and fairly counted — is a cornerstone of our democracy,” Walorski tweeted. “I share the concerns of many Hoosiers about irregularities in the way some states conducted the presidential election.”

© Jenna Watson/IndyStar United States President Donald Trump greets Rep. Jim Banks on the tarmac at Indianapolis International Airport, where he arrived to speak at the annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Republicans likely will be divided Wednesday when Congress is scheduled to formally count the votes cast by the Electoral College.

However, it likely won’t change the election results, because Democrats control the House. A simple majority in both chambers is required to throw out a state’s votes, which has never happened before.

So far most Hoosier Republicans in Congress have remained quiet on their plans for Wednesday. 

When asked whether Sen. Todd Young would object to the results, a spokesman for the congressman said he did not have a statement.

“I’ll just note he did not sign on to their letter,” Spokesman Jay Kenworthy said on Saturday, referencing the letter from Braun and 10 other Republican Senators indicating they intend to reject electors from “disputed states” until a 10-day audit of the election returns is completed.

Spartz reviewing information

Rep. Victoria Spartz’s office said the Congresswoman is reviewing all information ahead of Wednesday’s vote, and did not indicate which direction she was leaning.

The other Hoosier Republicans, including Rep. Jim Baird, Rep. Larry Bucshon and Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, did not respond to IndyStar questions about how they plan to vote.Rep. Frank Mrvan, a Democrat, could not be reached for comment.

© Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press President Donald Trump stands with Mike Braun, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, as he talks with the media as he arrives on Air Force One, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Fort Wayne International Airport, in Fort Wayne, Ind., en route to Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for a rally.

U.S. Congressman André Carson, an Indianapolis Democrat, criticized some of his peers for “baselessly opposing” Biden’s win. 

“This harmful division and reckless assault on our Democracy cannot continue if we are to make progress in this new era,” Carson said in a statement. 

What Braun’s letter said

Braun, in a joint statement with 10 other sitting and incoming Senate Republicans, said the 2020 presidential election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud” and called for an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in states in which President Trump had challenged results. 

“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed,” the statement said. “By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.” 

“Ideally, the courts would have heard evidence and resolved these claims of serious election fraud,” the senators added. “Twice, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to do so; twice, the Court declined.”

Last month, Attorney General William Barr said that the Justice Department has not found evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the vote.

In the statement, the senators acknowledged they would face pushback.

“We are not naive. We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise,” the statement said. “But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue.”

Former Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly criticized Braun saying he believed the senator broke with a tradition of always doing what was right upheld by predecessors such as Republican Richard Lugar and Democrat Birch Bayh.

Braun unseated Donnelly in 2018. 

“We’ve always tried to work hard and be serious members, and this is simply trying to overthrow an election,” Donnelly told IndyStar. “The states have certified the results. The results are not going to be honored by Sen. Braun, and it’s really, it’s like spitting at his constitutional duties.”

Members of the House of Representatives and Senate will meet in a joint session at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Call IndyStar reporter Kaitlin Lange at 317-432-9270. Follow her on Twitter: @kaitlin_lange.

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