Electoral College Meets Today…Trump Warns Swing States not to Certify
The Electoral College, meeting in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, will formally cast votes Monday for president, as the incumbent—with the backing of many Republicans—continues to dispute November’s election results.Traditionally tranquil affairs, this year’s meetings have taken on added significance, as President Trump has repeatedly questioned an electoral vote outcome that shows him at 232 and President-elect Joe Biden at 306.Vermont and Indiana, at 10 a.m. local time, will be among the earliest states to convene electors, while Hawaii won’t start its process until nine hours later.
Some of the other Republicans who haven’t publicly acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory have said the legal process should continue and that any voting problems should be investigated.
Electors are legally bound in some states to vote for the person who won their state, a requirement the Supreme Court said earlier this year is permissible. In others, so-called faithless electors can break ranks, though that is rare. In 2016, seven electors voted for someone other than their party’s nominee.
In each state, electors will review the election results and sign certificates containing separate electoral-vote totals for the presidential and vice presidential candidates. They will pair those certificates with paperwork from their governor and mail the material to multiple locations.
However, according to Trump Campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, “The only fixed day in the U.S. Constitution is the inauguration of the President on January 20 at noon,” suggesting that they will exhaust every legal option to overturn the results based on accusations of widespread fraud across several key states.
That said, Ellis had previously called Jan. 6, vote counting day, a date of “ultimate significance” where the votes are officially counted in Congress during a joint session held in the House chamber