By Guy Page
A citizen petition signed by 753 Vermonters urging Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) to investigate allegations of electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election was given today to Vermont’s lone congressman, two days before he votes on whether to accept the electoral votes disputed in many states.
The petition with signatures, all of whom self-described as Vermonters, were emailed directly to Rep. Welch’s Washington office, and are scheduled to be hand-delivered to his Burlington office by this afternoon.
The need for an investigation took on more urgency this weekend as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he and other senators will not vote to accept the election results until the conclusion of a formal, thorough investigation of electoral fraud allegations.
“Reuters/Ipsos polling, tragically, shows that 39% of Americans believe ‘the election was rigged.’ That belief is held by Republicans (67%), Democrats (17%), and Independents (31%),” Cruz said. “Some Members of Congress disagree with that assessment, as do many members of the media. But, whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations.”
At a press conference last month, Rep. Welch refused to support investigations, saying that Attorney General William Barr and numerous courts have declined to pursue the matter.
However, persistent allegations of significant electoral fraud in key “battleground” states including Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have President Donald Trump and many Americans concerned about the integrity of both the 2020 election and the future of free and fair elections in America.
“I’m grateful to all of the other concerned Vermonters who put their names on this petition in an attempt to avoid the consequences of the inauguration of a president whose legitimacy is disputed by at least a third of the nation,” petition author and Vermont Daily Publisher Guy Page said. “I will report directly to the signatories, and to Vermont Daily readers, any response from Rep. Welch.”
The petition was published Tuesday, December 29 and circulated on social media. It reads as follows:
January 4, 2021
To: the Honorable Peter Welch, Vermont representative to the U.S. House of Representatives:
America and all other republics depend on the real and perceived integrity honesty and accuracy of elections;
More than a third of Americans believe Vice-President Joseph Biden’s 2020 declared electoral victory is not legitimate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll;
Well-informed, thoughtful public figures have published evidence casting serious doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election;
The consequences of a large minority not accepting the constitutional legitimacy of a sitting president are abhorrent to any thinking American;
When you were asked at a Dec. 22 press conference “if you were persuaded either before or after Inauguration Day that the 2020 general election was a victim of significant electoral fraud, would you call for and support a House investigation?”, you answered, “There is no basis for that. We just saw Attorney General Barr, the appointee of President Trump, state that he would not appoint a special prosecutor. Because there was absolutely no evidence to support the allegation that there was any significant electoral fraud. It’s not there. So the answer is no….”
Congress has supreme legal authority to resolve contested outcomes of presidential elections;
We urge you to publicly support prompt, open, impartial, and thorough investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives into allegations of 2020 presidential election fraud.
We, the undersigned: