With the build up to this Wednesday, happenings in Congress are getting much more interesting as days go by. The overall goal the Republicans seem to be pursuing is a Contingent Election, where the House of Representatives elects the President and the Senate approves his Vice President.
Numerous House and Senate Republicans have joined an effort spearheaded by Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks to pursue disputing Electoral College results. In order for one to take place, according to federal law, 1 Senator and 1 member of the U.S. House must express their intent to do so to the Vice President (who will be the presiding officer) in writing.
The 13 GOP Senators who have joined can cause major delays forcing it to a contingent vote and potentially handing Trump a victory. Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time a Contingent Election has occurred, nor that presidential electors have been disputed.
PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. Capitol Building, west side. By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28359031