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LIVE: Congress Counts Electoral Votes, Some Republicans Plan to Challenge Results

LIVE: Congress Counts Electoral Votes, Some Republicans Plan to Challenge Results

Vice President Mike Pence is involved because as president of the senate he is the presiding officer.

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Congress will convene at 1 p.m. ET to count the 538 electoral votes. At least 12 Republican senators will challenge the results along with a handful of Republican House members.

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Counting Electoral Votes

House of Representatives:


Congress will meet at 1 p.m. ET. They will “count and validate the 538 electoral votes that have been certified by the 50 states and District of Columbia.”

Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, will oversee the process:

Under the process, Vice President Mike Pence, acting in his constitutional role as the president of the Senate, opens up all the certificates reflecting the vote tallies sent by the states. He hands them to “tellers,” people appointed from the House and the Senate to read the ballots and verify the results. The tellers then read the states’ certificates in alphabetical order, starting with Alabama and ending with Wyoming, stating that the certificate from each state “seems to be regular in form and authentic.” If any lawmakers object to a particular state as it is read, Mr. Pence then has the power to recognize them.

If Mr. Pence faces objections to any state’s votes, it likely will be his job to stop debate if an objection draws support from only one chamber of Congress—falling short of the requirement that at least one House lawmaker and one senator sign on. Mr. Pence has been reviewing the law and consulting experts, including speaking with the Senate parliamentarian. He doesn’t have the power to unilaterally alter the results, but the president and some of his most ardent loyalists are demanding more-aggressive action. A senior administration official said that Mr. Pence “will follow the law and uphold the Constitution.”

Challenging 2020 Election Results

Some Republicans in the House and Senate will challenge the results:

Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) has said that he plans to challenge the results from several states, with the vote tallies in Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania of most concern. He has said that Republicans numbering “in the double digits” are joining the effort. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) wants to challenge the results from five states with GOP-controlled legislatures that certified Biden victories there—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He says the five states have submitted competing slates of electors, and has filed a lawsuit seeking to push Mr. Pence to recognize the Trump slates. A federal judge on Friday dismissed the case.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is leading the charge in the Senate. At least 11 other senators have joined his chorus: Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, Steve Daines, Ron Johnson, John Kennedy, and James Lankford.

Sens.-elects Bill Hagerty, Cynthia Loomis, Roger Marshall, and Tommy Tuberville will also object.


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2smartforlibs | January 6, 2021 at 1:16 pm

When the leaders no longer respect the will of the people whats do you do?

so, Pence is reported to have stated he will certify Biden’s electoral votes….according to Gateway Pundit. Well, Milhouse do you refute that reporting? The letter of determination was handed to Trump durng middle of rally. Cheap shot.

While we are not there..yet..a reminder that Anne Frank and her family were legally arrested and legally sent to the concentration camp. Dutch police executed (appropriate term) the warrant. Signed off by the juduciary. It was “the law”.

Now we have the opportunity to pretend that elections don’t have lasting consequences . We can pretend that we will still be the Republic . We can pretend a whole bunch of things. We can pretend because pretending will be the only “legal” recourse.

    Milhouse in reply to alaskabob. | January 6, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    so, Pence is reported to have stated he will certify Biden’s electoral votes….according to Gateway Pundit. Well, Milhouse do you refute that reporting?

    What kind of stupid question is that? Saying you say something on Gateway Pundit is like saying you saw it in your tea leaves. It may be true or false, but neither the tea leaves nor Hoft’s garbage site are any help in determining that. If it happened it will be reported somewhere real, and you can cite that. If it’s not reported anywhere but there, then that itself proves it did not happen.

      Valerie in reply to Milhouse. | January 6, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      The Gateway Pundit did not take into account the second page of the letter. Pence is following the Constitutional process, received the objection to the Arizona electors, and has adjourned the count.

      I don’t know what happens, next.

Seems like we have a situation. Government for the people by the people and some people broke the contract. What is the next step?

Paul In Sweden | January 6, 2021 at 2:21 pm

My right to vote has effectively been terminated as votes are fabricated at will by those that feed at the govt. trough. Freedom of assembly and to practice religion has also been severely curtailed. It is becoming difficult for me to understand why we do not just take active measures to allow the tides and flood waters surrounding Washington D.C. to take their natural course so that it can be returned to a literal SWAMP land again.

I missed something.
Any reason for this recess?

Paul In Sweden | January 6, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Rep. Paul Gosar basically demands clarification from Pence if he is just a stuffed suit and ceremonial figurehead or not? If so, we should just pass out tea and crumpets and kiss our Republic goodbye. I am paraphrasing as I am watching live.

Pence is a dog and a traitor

Does he really think he will hold another office?

He sold out our constitution and Country down the river of facism …

He will never be forgiven

Benedict Pence

    Paul In Sweden in reply to gonzotx. | January 6, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    It is high time we separate the wheat from the chaff. I think it was back in 2015 I heard(via video) Pence speak at a Heritage Foundation, Liberty University, Uncommon Knowledge broadcast or one of the others that I follow. He said all the right things. They all say the right things. They move their mouths a lot. Their hands are all manicured and I see no signs of heavy lifting. There is a long list of useless people in government. I am too angry to start enumerating them now.

    Those of us that believe government governs best when it governs least cut off our noses to spite our face when we do not get involved and ensure government stays in its lane.

    I am GUILTY! Saddened, ashamed and ANGRY.

    There are things that I and we all can do that we all probably know but are too apathetic to take action. I am trying to kick my own butt to get jump started.

    Prof. Jacobson and all the writers & contributors at LI are already active along with many of the very fine commenters we have here. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work instead of just reading about the problems.

Paul In Sweden | January 6, 2021 at 2:43 pm

I just had a terrible thought. Perhaps they are clearing the floor and turning off the cameras so they can count the votes in secret.

They say the rioters that are wreaking havoc are Antifa.

This was bound to happen, and I am afraid this may be the beginning of much worse events to come.
The election was stolen and all legal, peaceful avenues seem to have been exhausted. Not all Americans are willing to accept what is being shoved down our throats.
“Winter is coming.”

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