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After Trump's claims of electoral misconduct, Sasse, Bacon say votes need to be counted

After Trump's claims of electoral misconduct, Sasse, Bacon say votes need to be counted

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Members of the Nebraska and Iowa congressional delegations have responded to President Donald Trump's allegations of electoral misconduct in the presidential election. 

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Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, called voter fraud a "poison to self-government," and said Trump's claims were "major allegations."

"If the president's legal team has real evidence, they need to present it immediately to both the public and the courts," Sasse said in a written statement. "In the meantime, all legal votes need to be counted according to relevant state laws. This is our American system and it works."

Trump said Thursday night that the ongoing count of ballots submitted before and on Election Day must cease.

"This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election," Trump said of Democrats, whom he accused of corruption while providing no evidence.

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Don Bacon

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, another Nebraska Republican, posted a statement on Twitter. "We need to allow the election process to proceed with counting and certifying ballots while also allowing scrutiny by observers.

"When questions, disputes, etc. arise, we need to allow the process to work through the proper channels including the court system if needed."

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said on Twitter Friday morning: "Everyone should be able to agree that every legal vote should be counted and there should be transparency in this process. It’s important we maintain free and fair elections in the US."

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said in a tweet on Thursday, before Trump's remarks later in the evening, that she was proud of Nebraska for administering a "free and fair election and counting all the ballots in accordance with state law."

"All other states must do the same under the rules set out by their state legislatures," Fischer said. "This is what our Constitution requires and what voters deserve."

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