- LIFE SITE NEWS - Dec 30, 2020 -
It will be greeted by a mega MAGA rally. Be there.
December 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The outcome of the presidential election of 2020 will be finally decided, it appears now, on January 6. That’s the day when the House and the Senate meet in joint session, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding, to vote on whether to accept the electoral college votes from each of the fifty states. As the 12th Amendment specifies, this will be done state by state, in alphabetical order.
Alabama’s and Alaska’s electoral college votes for President Trump will read to the assembled body, which will vote to accept them without controversy.
But then we will come to Arizona’s 11 electoral college votes. The Vice President will have two slates of votes in his hands: the official slate, certified by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for Joe Biden, and a second slate, sent by the state’s Republican electors, for Donald Trump. He will read out the official slate. . . . and several dozen Republican congressmen and senators will stand up to object.
They will argue that the real winner of the Arizona election was Donald Trump, that Biden’s slate of votes should be thrown out, and that the Republican slate of votes for Trump should be accepted in its place. At this point, as called for by a 1948 law, the House and the Senate will withdraw to their separate chambers to vote on whether to accept the Biden electoral college votes.
On a straight party-line vote, the Pelosi-led House would narrowly vote to accept the Biden slate, while the Republican-dominated Senate would narrowly vote to reject it. Here’s where matters get complicated. The 1948 law says both houses must “concurrently” reject such a “certified” slate. On the other hand, such a law cannot trump the Constitution, which clearly identifies the Vice President as the presiding officer. As such, Vice President Pence could rule that, since the House and Senate are divided, the Biden slate of electoral college votes will not be counted. It can also be argued the 1948 law itself violates the Constitution, opening up an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court.