ALEC Statement on the Events of January 6, 2021
The American Legislative Exchange Council strongly condemns the lawless, extreme behavior of protestors attempting to block Congressional certification of electoral college votes on January 6, 2021. Americans from all walks of life are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific images of violent extremism in the halls of freedom—the very institution meant to find a better, peaceful resolution to conflict and disagreement. Violence, attacks on one’s fellow citizens or their leaders, is never the answer.
The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is clear – only the states have the authority to appoint electors. As every state certified their electors, Congress must fulfill their role to count electoral college votes and the American people should—as they have for hundreds of years—celebrate the peaceful transfer of power. Challenging the states’ authority to manage and certify elections would set a dangerous precedent that threatens American democratic institutions.
As the voice of state legislators, who are imbued by the Constitution with the authority to manage and execute elections, we support the democratic election process and the peaceful transfer of power that should follow. Our American experiment was founded on equality under the law; on trust and mutual respect. These first principles must guide our every action as we work together to build a more perfect union.
In the days that follow, ALEC and its members urge calm, non-violent behavior at our nation’s capitol and at state capitols around the country focused on policy solutions that help all Americans.