Here's the claim: With the possibility of Republican Scott Brown capturing Massachusetts' open senate seat, Bay State Democrats are conspiring to change or violate existing law by delaying the vote certification. Fox News reporter Molly Line debunked such theories today on Happening Now, reporting that Massachusetts' top election official "has said essentially he needs to follow the law, which would be to allow absentee ballots to come in, that could take about 10 days, and then five days for certification from various cities." Line added that the potential delay is about "following the law, no shenanigans or anything along those lines."
LINE: [Scott Brown is] citing 2007, when Nikki Tsongas, a U.S. congresswoman was elected in a special election, and she was seated within about 48 hours after winning the seat. That election wasn't contested, it wasn't a close election. In this case, that's a stronger possibility, that we could see some close numbers. Now, the secretary of state has said essentially he needs to follow the law, which would be to allow absentee ballots to come in, that could take about 10 days, and then five days for certification from various cities to get the information into the state for final certification for the swearing-in process to begin. So he has said that even though the election is Tuesday, that it can take a little bit longer, two weeks or so, to finally get all the paperwork in order and get this done. But it's basically following the law, no shenanigans or anything along those lines.
While Line was addressing concerns from Brown, she might as well have been talking about Fox News colleague Martha MacCallum. On January 12, the news host claimed that Democrats "are pushing to change the state law now, according to reports, so that [Brown] won't be able to be sworn in if he were to win ... Interesting."
Sounds like a perfect time for MacCallum to follow Fox News' purported "zero tolerance" policy on errors.