Statement from Rep. Katko on Challenges to the 2020 Presidential Election

Washington— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement regarding challenges to the 2020 Presidential Election:

“Like many in Central New York, I supported the re-election of the President and voted for him to serve another term.

“This was an unprecedented election year in which mail-in ballots, absentee ballots, and various waivers were heavily increased in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the 2020 election cycle, as these changes were rapidly implemented nationwide, I expressed the urgent need to secure our election infrastructure from cyberattacks and to drive clarity around election administration procedures to reduce confusion and prevent irregularities. We can always do better to make elections more efficient. My own race took weeks to finalize.

“However, after every ballot was counted and arguments were presented to our nation’s courts, there has been no demonstration of widespread fraud that would warrant overturning the election results. Arguments were presented in dozens of court actions across this great land, including the United States Supreme Court, and the burden of proof was never met.  As a former federal prosecutor, the failure to meet this burden is impactful and cannot be ignored.

“It is not the role of Congress to usurp the will of the people and the electoral college.  To do so would irrevocably alter our democracy and electoral processes.  We must certify our nation’s election results.

“Going forward this Congress, I will make it a priority in my position as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee to thoroughly investigate, expose, and repair problems with our election administration procedures and build off the progress of the last four years to work with state and local partners to harden election infrastructure.”