Rep. Elise Stefanik will object during the Electoral College certification process Wednesday, she revealed exclusively to The Post Monday.

In a statement, Stefanik (R-NY) said she would oppose certifying “contested electors” when Congress meets Wednesday to make President-elect Biden’s victory official.

“I plan to object to certain contested electors on January 6,” the New York Republican’s statement read. “I do not take this action lightly. I am acting to protect our Democratic process.

“Article II and the Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution make clear that I have an obligation to act on this matter if I believe there are serious questions with respect to the Presidential election.”

“I believe those questions exist,” Stefanik continued.

“Tens of millions of Americans are rightly concerned that the 2020 election featured unprecedented voting irregularities, unconstitutional overreach by unelected state officials and judges ignoring state election laws, and a fundamental lack of ballot integrity and security.”

With her announcement, the House Intelligence Committee member joins a coalition of at least 140 Congressional Republicans who plan to object to certifying Biden’s victory.

A group of 12 Republicans will lead a similar effort in the Senate, led by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). That effort will specifically demand an emergency audit of the results in states where voter fraud has been alleged.

Asked by The Post whether she also backed the formation of an election fraud commission, Stefanik said she did not yet have an official position on it but was open to the proposal.

The Electoral College went 306-232 for Biden, but President Trump has alleged that widespread fraud tipped the results in must-win swing states. Courts have rejected those claims, and Trump has refused to concede.

While the number of GOP lawmakers supporting the effort has grown, the Jan. 6 vote to certify Biden’s Electoral College win is unlikely to be overturned.

Rep. Elise Stefanik
Stefanik (R-NY) said she would oppose certifying “contested electors” when Congress meets Wednesday to make President-elect Biden’s victory official.
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In the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 1 and No. 3 House Republicans, respectively, are currently at odds over whether to engage in the effort.

Speaking to The Hill on Sunday, McCarthy expressed support for lawmakers’ efforts, arguing it would spur change.

“I think it’s right that we have the debate. I mean, you see now that senators are going to object, the House is going to object — how else do we have a way to change the election problems?” he told the outlet.

Cheney, meanwhile, circulated a 21-page letter to her Republican colleagues Sunday warning them about the “exceptionally dangerous precedent” they were setting by attempting to overrule election results.

In the Senate, meanwhile, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has privately urged his GOP members against taking part in an election challenge, warning last month it would be a “terrible vote” for Republicans.

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