In news that must have Joe Biden worried, up to 140 House Republicans are said to be ready on January 6th to object to the electoral votes from battleground states. With Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) joining in the objections, the Senate and the House will be debating for hours over the disputed elections in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia.
CNN’s Jake Tapper first broke the news about a large number of House Republicans willing to object to Joe Biden’s certification as president.
2 House Republicans tell me they expect as of now that at least 140 Republican Members of the House will on Jan 6 object to and vote against the Electoral College results showing President-elect Biden won
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 31, 2020
In a joint session of Congress with Vice President Mike Pence presiding, envelopes from each state will be opened, probably in alphabetical order, to count the electors’ votes for President. In alphabetical order, Arizona’s vote will trigger the first objection, which must be sponsored by a House and a Senate member. The objection then triggers up to a two-hour debate in each chamber. With 6 states’ electors in dispute, debating could go on for hours.
In each of the battleground states, Republicans voted for an alternative slate of electors to be counted if the Democrat electors are rejected by both chambers of Congress. The New Mexico GOP also elected a competing slate of electors. The Michigan GOP was met with locked doors and police when they tried to enter the legislature to cast their votes for alternate electors.
Millions of Americans believe that Joe Biden is the declared winner because election fraud took place in the battleground states. Courts, legislatures, and local election officials have, in large part, refused to review the mountain of evidence the Trump campaign, organizations, and individuals have presented. The Supreme Court rejected Texas’s case. It is time for elected Republican officials in the Senate and House to register their objections.
Senator Josh Hawley explained why he was willing to join the House Republicans: “I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.”
Detractors of the plan say that the effort by the House Republicans will go nowhere and will change nothing, but that is not true. Triggering debate in each of the chambers will put Senate Republicans on the record about the 2020 election.
The Senate held hearings regarding the 2020 election, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tacitly accepted the results of the contested election when he validated Biden’s win by congratulating him. On January 6th, when the objections trigger a debate in the Senate, all Senate Republicans will go on record in the vote.
One possible explanation for McConnell’s reticence could be that his election in Kentucky is in dispute. Objecting to the presidential elections could raise questions about election anomalies in Kentucky. Judicial Watch sued the state in 2017 to clean up its voter rolls, and Democrats are upset by McConnell’s landslide wins in solidly Democrat counties.