One of Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney’s first moves after arriving on Capitol Hill last year was launching the Election Integrity Caucus.

The goal, she said, was to restore “faith in the democratic process.” (The results in her own election in Upstate New York were delayed by a court fight over disputed ballots.)

“When I’m on the campaign trail, whether I’m in New York or around the nation … the number one issue that is brought to my attention from everyone is election integrity,” she said in an interview.

The formation of the group came as Democrats in Washington say they are trying to shore up democracy with legislation to roll-back restrictions on voting in Republican-led states.

Tenney opposes the bills.

All of the more than 50 members of her caucus are Republicans, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin and Andrew Garbarino of New York.

The caucus has met mostly with allies and supporters of former President Donald Trump, who continues to spread unsupported claims about the 2020 election.

According to a list provided by Tenney’s office, the group has spoken with White House communications aide Hogan Gidley, Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain, who offered to help Trump's legal team try to overturn the 2020 election, among others.

Tenney has also met one-on-one with Trump himself.

Asked whether she believes Joe Biden won in 2020, Tenney appeared to choose her words carefully.

“From the votes that we’ve seen that were tabulated, it appears that he was the winner,” she said. “Biden has been sworn in as president. I just hope we don’t have this irregularity again because it’s caused a great amount of disharmony.”

Tenney’s claim of “irregularity” is, at least in part, a reference to voting rule changes enacted by some states in 2020 due to the pandemic.

In reaction to those changes and Trump’s loss, several Republican-run states have enacted restrictions on voting - restrictions that Democrats in Washington are trying to stop in the name of democracy.

Those Democratic efforts, though, have so far proven unsuccessful, falling apart amid Republican opposition and a fight over the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster rule.

The one prominent Democrat to meet with Tenney’s new caucus - New Hampshire’s now former Secretary of State Bill Gardner - has criticized the Democrats’ reform legislation.

“We’ve actually reached out to virtually every member of a board of election on the state level - Democrat and Republican - and these are the people who have so far gotten back to us,” Tenney said.

Tenney has defended her Republican colleagues who voted on Jan. 6, 2021, against certifying the election results in some states that voted for Biden. (Tenney had not yet been sworn in yet on Jan. 6 because of the delayed results in her race.)

In light of the chaos of that day, Democrats and some Republicans are starting to eye possible ways to reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act to make it more challenging for Congress to overturn a state’s lawfully awarded electoral votes.

Asked about this effort, Tenney dismissed the idea. “I don’t think there’s any issues with the U.S. Constitution right now,” she said.

Tenney has introduced election-related legislation of her own, including one bill putting restrictions on election grants for states and requesting a review of how states ran their elections in 2020.