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US democracy must be protected

For nearly 250 years, free and fair elections have been a hallmark of American democracy.

In their pursuit to counter a king’s oppressive tyranny, our nation’s founders forged a representative government that gave power not to an elite monarch, but to the people.

Since the founding of our nation, American government has reflected the will of the people. However, government “of, by, and for the people” is possible only as long as Americans have faith in the electoral system.

To have truly fair and free elections, the American people must have confidence in their outcome.

When I was elected to Congress, I took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution and to uphold the law, which includes election integrity and security.

Like many Americans, I have serious concerns about the Nov. 3 election. Election laws, including Pennsylvania’s Act 77, were hastily passed by state legislatures around the country.

Coupled with unprecedented interference from hyper-partisan governors, these new state laws shrouded this year’s election, upsetting longstanding procedures and spurring rabid distrust in the system.

Even if the election was free, fair, safe, secure and legitimate — it certainly was not transparent.

Despite Americans’ efforts to discern the facts, we have not seen a meaningful investigation into widespread allegations of election fraud and irregularities, nor — quite frankly — have we witnessed adequate concern from the U.S. Department of Justice or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To support President Donald Trump’s rightful pursuit of justice, I have been fighting every day to expose the truth.

Since November, I have called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to speed the federal investigation into election fraud; I have urged Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to uphold the law and to recuse Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro from all election oversight; and most importantly, I have filed amicus briefs imploring the U.S. Supreme Court to hear election integrity cases and to allow our president his day in court.

For months, I have been fighting alongside the president to protect the will of legal American voters.

This fight is far from over.

Lawsuits are still outstanding, and the president’s legal challenges have not been given full consideration. Until justice is served, we will continue to take action in this collaborative effort to stand up for our president.

More than 74 million Americans cast a vote for President Trump, and we will not go away quietly into the night.

This election has revealed that America is a deeply divided country. The American people are facing the choice between freedom or socialism, liberty or tyranny, a way forward or a regression back.

The future of our democracy rests on this moment. Our nation is at a crossroads. We must decide which path to take.

For the sake of the “Great American Experiment” that was conceived by our founders and sustained by generations of patriots, I pray that my fellow Americans will join me in fighting for freedom.

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-Blair, represents the 13th District of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the House Small Business Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security, and is a member of the China Task Force.

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