MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – There is no defeat when the election process has been altered.
That’s how Congressman Tom Rice described his decision to vote against the certification of Electoral College votes in five states for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Rep. Tom Rice, R-Myrtle Beach, is among the five members of the U.S. House delegation from South Carolina who voted for the objections to certify the results. Rice said it is because of what he sees as improper election procedures and proof of irregularities.
“The oft-repeated statement that there is no proof of election irregularities is a lie,” Rice posted on social media hours before the U.S. Capitol was stormed by protesters in supporters of Pres. Trump. “Bureaucrats and nonlegislative officials took it upon themselves to alter the election process in violation of their own state law, in the weeks before the election. This is a fact that is not in question, and that fact alone is sufficient to raise these objections.”
But after a mob stormed the Capitol, Rice told News13 he was considering pulling back his objection. “I think there are legitimate questions about the election that need to be investigated but I am considering pulling my support for the objections back after this. I think the president acted very irresponsibly, particularly this morning in his speech he gave at the White House.”
Rice did not mention in detail the parts of the process that were altered or by whom. He posted a photo of the documents that are the objections to the electoral college votes saying his signature was attached to each of them. He said he weighed the decision heavily and waited until the last moment to complete the forms.
“I believe in the Constitution, which reserves to the states, through their legislatures the power to control their own elections. That legislative duty was usurped in each of these states.”
The objections that will be filed during the certification were unsuccessful.
The objections did not pass in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, where senior GOP leaders such as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Lindsey Graham do not back the effort.
Vice President Mike Pence presided over the formal session that ended early Thursday morning tallying the electoral college vote. The presidential electors gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the same margin that Trump bragged was a landslide when he won the White House four years ago.