Rand Paul Considering Objecting to Electoral College Votes in the Senate
Senator Rand Paul may join Congressman Mo Brooks in objecting to the certification of electoral college votes in Congress. Both chambers of Congress are scheduled to vote on the pending electoral college votes on January 6th, 2021.
“We’re still looking at all the legal stuff that’s happening with the legal cases and we’ll make our decision after we’ve seen all the legal challenges,” the senator told CNN on Dec. 10.
Barry Moore of Alabama and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia have both pledged to vote against the certification of the pending electoral college votes, which give Joe Biden 306 votes and the presidency. The two are slated to be sworn into office in coming days, and join Alabama’s Brooks in challenging the electoral college votes.
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin hasn’t ruled out joining a challenge to the certification of results as well. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is slated to hold a hearing in his committee about irregularities and election improprieties this week.
The objection to certifying electoral college votes is likely to be overruled through Senate procedure, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulating Joe Biden for winning the election on Tuesday.
"The Electoral College has spoken."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, saying, "our nation needs us to add another bipartisan chapter to this record of achievement." https://t.co/67VETbbnoE pic.twitter.com/lNhIgdESoc
— ABC News (@ABC) December 15, 2020
Some of the primary objections to the results of the 2020 presidential election cite violations of election law in critical swing states such as Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s governor ordered election workers to accept absentee ballots in contravention of commonwealth law. A lawsuit from the state of Texas and seventeen other state attorney generals against pending election results and illegal election practices was rejected by the Supreme Court last week.