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  • Writer's pictureLuke Gialanella

January 6th - What's going on?

You may be hearing a lot about the Congressional certification of electoral votes on January 6th, 2021, so what is really happening?

Typically, certification of these votes is a ceremonial process, but President Donald Trump is attempting to use this process to attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 US presidential election.

To be able to file a formal objection to the results of the Electoral College, one Congressperson and one Senator must object. In this case, Congressman Louis Gohmert and Senator Josh Hawley have objected to the results of the electoral votes in multiple key states such as Pennsylvania. This means that on January 6th, the House and the Senate will individually debate for 2 hours regarding these objections. A majority in both houses of Congress is required to overturn the results of these states.

It is very unlikely this will happen, as Democrats hold a majority in the House, and many Republican Senators have stated they will uphold the results. Remember, this election is effectively over, and this is a ceremonial process formally making the results official.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on January 20th, 2021, and new members of Congress will be sworn in on January 3rd, 2021, with the exception of the Georgia Senate races, which will be decided on January 5th, 2021. Stay tuned for more!

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