Arkansas Governor Urges 'Bipartisan Review' of Election 'Best Practices'

By Susan Jones | November 30, 2020 | 9:23am EST
Asa Hutchinson, a former U.S. representative, is now the Republican governor of Arkansas. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Asa Hutchinson, a former U.S. representative, is now the Republican governor of Arkansas. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

( - Arkansas' Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson told "Fox News Sunday" he sees no evidence of extensive voter fraud; he said Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect; and he applauded President Donald Trump for finally "initiating the transition."

But Hutchinson also called for a "bipartisan review" into the best way to conduct elections so states can "learn from each other" about what works and what doesn't.

Guest host Bret Baier asked Hutchinson if he's seen any indication that President Trump's legal challenges will succeed in negating Joe Biden's apparent victory:

"Most importantly, the courts have not seen any evidence of such extensive fraud that they have to change a result," Hutchinson responded:

Scores of courts have looked at that. And so that's why the General Service Administration recognized Vice President Biden as president-elect. He is president-elect, we need to work on that transition. I applaud President Trump for initiating that transition and making sure that that is happening.

The worst thing that could happen is that we do not have a smooth hand-off when it comes to our vaccine distribution plans, our Warp Speed and that takes that transition to start now, and I'm grateful that it has.

But I do think whenever you look at the elections, it would be good after the fact that we have a bipartisan review as to what's best practices because this is going to come up again as to how handle absentee votes, what's the best way to protect the integrity of those votes to give people confidence.

And that's not to say everything was fraudulent in this election, it just says that we need to learn from each other, all the 50 states, into what we have done and how we can do it better. And to give people confidence that is so important in our democracy.

Hutchinson said he understands "the legal reason" why President Trump has not officially conceded while his appeals continue.

"But beyond that, it's President-elect Biden, we're working with the transition. That is where we are. We expect him to be sworn in in January, even though there's going to be some continued reviews, which I respect.”

Hutchinson said Trump’s words are not as important as his actions “in helping in this transition to make sure that President-elect Biden is ready to go on January 20th."

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