GOP Lawmakers Mount Official Challenge to Electoral College

Vice President Mike Pence is under immense pressure to do something radical on January 6th when the Electoral College meets to count votes: to ignore pro-Biden electors from battleground states suspected of voter fraud. A lawsuit filed Sunday by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seeks to grant Pence the legal authority to do so.

Rep. Mo Brooks (AL) is also planning to challenge election results in battleground states accused of fraud. “It’s pretty clear that the momentum is growing in support of the objections to states’ submittals of Electoral College votes because of their flawed election systems and render them unworthy of trust,” said Brooks, who is backed by more than 30 House Republicans. 

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) joined the challenge on Wednesday: “I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden,” said Hawley. “At the very least, Congress should investigation allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”

In his statement, Hawley cited Democrats’ objections to electoral votes in 2004 and 2016 based on concerns about election integrity. “They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”

Now that challenges have been made in both chambers of Congress, lawmakers may be forced to delay the January 6th vote-count and hold debates on up to 6 contested states’ election results. Each debate will last two hours, followed by a vote in each chamber to approve or disqualify that state’s slate of electoral votes. Votes would be trashed only if both chambers agree to do so. The last time this happened was in January 2005 when lawmakers objected to Ohio’s electoral votes following George W. Bush’s narrow victory over John Kerry.

This final attempt to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election has little chance of success. 

Several GOP Senators including Mitch McConnell (R-KY) do not wish to participate in the objection, and fear that it could wind up turning into a referendum on Trump and thus split the Republican Party. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized the effort to reverse election results as “undemocratic” and “revolting.”

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