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Electoral College Results Challenged?


The electoral college will meet on 14 December 2020 and vote. They are widely expected to deliver a result showing Biden has won the election.

However, individual states may have their Electoral College Certificate of Vote challenged when Congress meets in Joint Session to count the electoral votes cast for President and Vice President on 6 Jan 2021. This will be the newly elected Senate and House of Representatives, following the 2020 election.

A "formal objection" must be made in writing and be signed by at least one Senator and one member of the House of Representatives, per the provisions of 3 U.S.C. §15.

In 1969, a challenge was made to attempt to overturn a vote of a faithless elector. In 2005, Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio and Senator Barbara Boxer of California objected to Ohio's electoral votes, alleging "widespread irregularities". Neither of these challenges succeeded.

An objection was also attempted in 2016 by a member of the House, but no Senator signed on.

Will the results of the Electoral College be formally challenged in the House in 2021?

This question resolves positively if at least one formal objection to the 2020 electoral college vote is made in writing and signed by at least one Senator and one member of the House of Representatives, per credible media reporting. (Note that the objection does not need to succeed to count for positive resolution.)

This question resolves negatively if no such objection is made.

This question resolves ambiguously if the certification is not held by 6 Jan 2021. If somehow an objection is made after 6 Jan 2021 but the certification has taken place, the objection will not count for the purposes of this question and the objection will not affect resolution.

If an objection is made, this question will close retroactively to 24 hours before the date of the objection.

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