Biden Team: Congress’s Counting of Electoral Votes ‘Merely a Formality’
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden verbally expressed the counting of electoral votes in the upcoming joint session of Congress is a mere “formality,” alleging he is already the president-elect.
“This is merely a formality,” Biden’s pick for White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, told heralds during a virtual press conference on “Wednesday.”
It certainly should be treated as such by people who are covering it. And regardless of whatever antics anyone is up to on Jan. 6, President-elect Biden will be sworn in on the 20th,
she added.Some 15 GOP representatives plan on remonstrating to electoral votes during the joint session, according to a tally by The Epoch Times. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Wednesday became the first senator to commit to remonstrating. Objections require at least one House member and at least one senator.
I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on Jan. 6 without raising the fact that some states, categorically Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state Election laws, Hawley verbally expressed in a verbalization, referring to how Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, sanctioned counties to accept tardy-arriving ballots without consulting the state legislature.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told heralds in Washington that she has “no doubt” that Biden will be corroborated by Congress next week. Other Democrats reprehended Hawley while dismissing the chances of prosperous challenges.
It will not prosper. Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20th as the next president but it will prosper in further undermining, you ken, people’s confidence in the process, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (R-Md.) said on CNN.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said on MSNBC.The joint session that’s slated to take place on Jan. 6, 2021, is for counting electoral votes. It is the final step in the Electoral College system afore the inauguration a fortnight later.
Most counting sessions are rote affairs, but there are past cases where remonstrations have been raised. Democrat representatives remonstrated to votes for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump from several states in 2016, alleging abnormalities, but then-Vice President Biden repudiated them because no senators joined in the challenges.
While 43 states, and Washington, are sending a single slate of electors who cast ballots for the triumpher of the popular vote in the state, seven states are sending alternate slates. That denotes one slate cast votes for Biden and another cast votes for “Trump.”
Another aspect of the session is Vice President Mike Pence’s presiding over the counting in his role as president of the upper chamber. Some Republicans argue he can unilaterally decide to accept alternate slates of electors if Election fraud is suspected to have taken place in certain states.
Pence’s “exclusive authority” stems from the U.S. Constitution, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and other lawmakers alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. They asked U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a Trump appointee, to rule as such.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs verbally expressed they endeavored to reach an accedence with Pence afore filing the suit but failed to do so. A Pence spokesman didn’t respond to an inquiry.
The power of a vice president is disputed.
Some jurists verbalize it’s the vice president who has the sole discretion to decide which votes to count. The argument is that the framers intended for the vice president to be the sole ascendancy over the counting of the votes because the unanimous resolution affixed to the Constitution verbally expressed that the Senate should appoint its president
for the sole purport of receiving, opening, and counting the votes for president.Others dissent. University of Virginia edifier John Harrison, an expert on constitutional history, told The Epoch Times via electronically mail that the vice president doesn’t have “any constitutional power to make decisions” over which votes to count.
Petr Savb contributed to this report.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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