At least 140 Republicans will vote against counting electoral votes in a move that can do no more than delay the certification of Joe Biden’s election.
Two Republican Congressmen told CNN that about three-fourths of the House Republicans will vote against counting votes Wednesday, when Biden’s win is slated to be certified. Biden won 306 electoral votes, more than the 270 needed, and none of 40-plus lawsuits contesting the election results have won.
Vice President Mike Pence will preside over Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to finalize the election results. Once there is objection from those who back or fear Trump, Congress will deliberate over accepting the electoral votes. About 40 Republicans, including eight in Pennsylvania, already have said they will vote against counting the electoral votes.
The objections are expected to be the equivalent of a filibuster, only delaying certification by a matter of hours. The U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and election officials found no evidence of election fraud.
Republican members of Congress have begun to speak out against the attempt. Politico reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators it would be a “terrible vote” to back Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, drawing Trump’s ire.
“The president and his allies are playing with fire,” Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote on Facebook. “They have been asking – first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress – to overturn the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.”
So much for Wednesday’s count being more ceremonial than political. The sealed certificates might have to stay in mahogany boxes a tad longer.