FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 22, 2021 – MONTGOMERY – Following Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s consideration of unseating Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued his support for Congress to accept the certification of her election results.
The letter, which was sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy, and the members of Alabama’s congressional delegation, stated the following:
Amid an unprecedented Election Cycle, millions of Americans stepped up to ensure the right to vote was protected and remained unhindered. State and local election officials, poll workers, candidates, and voters worked to see that our electoral process was successful, safe, and secure.
Despite the record-breaking participation we observed across the country, there have been countless attempts to undermine our democracy.
As we move forward, we should be working to restore the public’s confidence in elections through providing a more open, fair, and transparent process. Yet, the actions of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and her Democratic colleagues fail to accurately address many of the issues observed in 2020 and will instead weaken our democracy.
Specifically, questioning the validity of Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election results, after she has already been declared the certified winner of Iowa’s 2nd District.
It was first announced that Representative Miller-Meeks won the election by 47 votes, and it was later decided that she won with a 6-vote margin at the end of November. The bipartisan State Board of Canvass then voted 5-0 to certify Miller-Meeks as the winner, making it abundantly clear who the people of Iowa’s 2nd District have elected to represent them in Congress.
As states are given the freedom and flexibility to administer their own respective elections, they should also be given the authority to canvass and determine election contests as necessary – not one political party and certainly not the federal government.
I urge you to consider the dangerous precedent you will be setting by legitimizing any potential contest appeal to Congress and overturning the results declared by the bipartisan executive council. These matters should be remedied by the people of Iowa, as it was the voters of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District who voted for their representation.