LOCAL NEWS

Cox: Conservative Values Underline Importance Of Accepting Election Results

Jan 5, 2021, 10:23 PM | Updated: 11:17 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah’s new governor does not agree with a growing number of Republicans who plan to raise challenges to the presidential electoral votes.

On Jan. 6, Congress will meet to count and confirm the results certified by each state. Historically, it’s a largely ignored procedural step in presidential politics.

In recent years, it has become common for members of the House from the losing party to put up a symbolic fight. But this year is unusual in the number of lawmakers in both the House and Senate who plan to raise challenges to the vote tallies in several states. Two members of Utah’s congressional delegation will join over 100 of their Republican colleagues to object to the certification: Republican Reps. Chris Stewart and Burgess Owens.

“It doesn’t make sense what Congress is doing right now,” said Spencer Cox, the day after being sworn in as the 18th governor of Utah. “I think there’s a clear misreading of what the role of Congress is on this.

Gov. Spencer Cox talks with KSL’s Mike Headrick. (KSL-TV)

“I know there are all kinds of allegations about election fraud. But we have a process for going through those allegations and verifying if they happen, or if they didn’t happen. We’ve been through that process.

“I’m a Republican, and I’ve supported the Republican cause. And sometimes we lose,” he said.

“We have to accept the will of the people at some point. That’s a very conservative thing to do, right? Conservatism says we believe in law and order,” Cox added. “We believe in the Constitution, as it is written and as it was drafted, we believe in the rule of law, and we believe in going through that process. And that happened, and the president lost and so now it’s time to turn the page.”

Cox understands those processes well, having overseen Utah’s elections during his eight years as lieutenant governor. He said Utah audits every election.

“We randomly choose different precincts and districts … we audit (voting) machines, we audit the tabulators. We go through and hand count ballots and match them up with the numbers that come up,” Cox said. “That’s the type of thing that we should be doing.”

“I know the other elected officials in other states who run their state elections. Georgia has been at the forefront of this. I know the governor of Georgia, in fact, he was a former secretary of state, he ran elections in the state of Georgia, a big Trump supporter, very much a conservative Republican. And the current secretary of state who is also a Republican, and they have done everything by the book, by the letter of the law, the way it’s supposed to be done,” said Cox.

“If you’re a conservative, and you believe in local control, and you believe in states’ rights, then you have to believe in those things. Even if you disagree with the outcome.”

Clearly, not everyone in the Republican party agrees with him. So how does Utah’s new governor view the growing fractures in his political party?

“There is certainly a divide in the Republican Party. I’ll point out there’s a divide in the Democratic Party as well,” he said, adding those differences are nothing new.

“This is something that has happened throughout history. I’m much more concerned about the broader divide, the contempt that we’re seeing in our country,” he said. “I think our party has to be better. On that point, we should be a party of unity, we should be a party of trying to bring people together. Politics is supposed to be about convincing people. And you don’t convince people through hate.”

Cox has a clear vision of what he wants the future of the GOP to look like.

“If we really want to win future elections at a national level, instead of tearing people down, we should be trying to convince them that what we’re doing is good for America, that it’s good for the people here,” he said. “Again, that’s the conservatism that I grew up in. That’s the Republican party that I believe in. And that’s the Republican party that I’m going to continue to fight for.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

On Saturday, the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church formally opened its doors as the newest dedicated s...

Brittany Tait

Utah’s newest Greek Orthodox Church ready to welcome worshippers

On Saturday, the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church formally opened its doors as the newest dedicated sacred space in the valley.  

6 hours ago

Crews in the Ashley National Forest are working to contain a fire on the Flaming Gorge Ranger Distr...

Mark Jones

A new fire near Flaming Gorge Reservoir started up Saturday

Crews in the Ashley National Forest are working to contain a fire on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District, south of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

6 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is helped off the stage at a campai...

Mark Jones

Utah leaders react to assassination attempt at Trump rally in Pennsylvania

Former President Donald Trump was rushed off a stage at a Pennsylvania rally Saturday by U.S Secret Service agents after apparent gunshots were heard in the crowd.

8 hours ago

White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. (Ravell Call)...

Mark Jones

2 people dead after getting lost hiking at Canyonlands National Park

Officials at Canyonlands National Park say two people were found dead inside the park on Friday.

10 hours ago

Members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee visited Welfare Square Friday. (The Church of Je...

Mark Jones

Congressional committee tours Welfare Square

Members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee visited Welfare Square Friday.

11 hours ago

The BYU Rocketry Team took home three awards at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. (Brig...

Emma Benson

BYU Rocketry Team blasts off at intercollegiate competition

The BYU Rocketry Team took home three awards at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Cox: Conservative Values Underline Importance Of Accepting Election Results