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Congressman Banks will vote against certification of Electoral College results, but doesn’t believe it will change outcome

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Congressman Jim Banks told Fort Wayne's NBC News that he will vote against the certification of the Electoral College results, however, he said he believes it will not change the outcome.

Congress members will meet in the nation's capital on Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

However, many Republican leaders are expected to vote against the certification, including Congressman Jim Banks.

On Tuesday, Fort Wayne's NBC News talked with Congressman Jim Banks via Zoom to learn more.

"It's clear to me that some states violated the constitution in the way they conducted their elections of November of 2020."

Banks took to Facebook to share his thoughts about the election on Sunday.

Banks told Fort Wayne's NBC News that he believes the efforts made by Republican leaders to reject Biden's victory will not be enough to change the outcome of the presidential race.

He said by voting against the certification, Congress members will be forced to talk about the election process and listen.

"By having this debate, states like Pennsylvania will be so embarrassed, that their election processes are being exposed on a national level in a very public debate," Banks said.

Banks added that he also wanted transparency for the general public.

"The American people can hear for the first time in public, and broad daylight in a transparent way, a debate over the flaws and the constitutionality of how the election was conducted in 2020," said Banks. "That's a healthy debate the American people deserve to hear and tomorrow (Wednesday), I will vote in favor of us having that debate."

It's not exactly clear what Republican leaders, who plan to object to the certification, will specifically bring up in Wednesday's session, however, there has been no evidence to indicate voter fraud or voting irregularities took place during the 2020 election.

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