CONGRESS HAS THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO REJECT A STATE’S ELECTORAL VOTES
Alabama GOP Congressman Mo Brooks posted this after the election:
When I requested an interview to discuss his statement, he graciously agreed. Here is what he told me.
He explained how the presidential election’s final outcome may boil down to the invocation of the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in early January when the new 117th Congress convenes.
“The ultimate say over whether to accept or reject” Electoral College votes for any state “is not a court’s job,” he said. “It is Congress’s job under Article II of the 12th Amendment of the Constitution coupled with federal statutes that govern this issue.”
“Congress has the absolute right to reject the submitted electoral college votes of any state, which we believe has such a shoddy election system that you can’t trust the election results that those states are submitting to us, that they’re suspect.”
Brooks noted that he, along with many of his collegaues, doesn’t have confidence in the election results in several states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania, where Democrat Joe Biden is the projected winner by razor-thin margins. President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits in several states, alleging irregularities, voter fraud, and violations of state election laws.
He noted further that Federal Elections Commission Chairman Trey Trainor has said he believes “there is voter fraud” in several key states that went for Biden.
Brooks, perhaps in laying out a potential strategy the GOP will employ, said that “on January the sixth at 1 p.m. eastern time, the 50 states will report to [a Joint Session of] Congress, the president of the Senate [Vice President Pence] will preside over this meeting” and “will report to Congress what they contend are their electoral college results in their state.” He continued:
“If a House member and a senator objects to the submission of electoral college votes by any state, that immediately triggers a House floor vote and a Senate floor vote on whether to accept or reject those electoral college votes submitted by that particular state. The amount of debate on the House and Senate floor is limited to two hours under federal law.”
Brooks explained Congress will then determine whether to reject certain Electoral College votes, thereby taking them “out of the mix.”
His reasoning for removing votes from certain states is because they’re “running a poor election system” and “a system so suspect that you can’t give credibility to the results that are being reported.”
Brooks said under the 12th Amendment, the House would then determine who the president will be, while the Senate will determine the vice president. In the House, he noted, it’s not a simple majority vote, but “it is a majority of the states who determine who the president … will be.”
“Based on the election results we just had, the GOP will control 26 states out of 50,” Brooks said. “That’s a majority with a possible 27th” as one election hasn’t been called yet, he added.
“Presumably, the Republican nominee would be favored, because the GOP controls a majority of the state delegations in the House of Representatives,” Brooks said.
The congressman noted that a similar situation unfolded nearly 200 years ago during the contingent election of 1824, which saw John Quincy Adams—who was the “second-place finisher”—elected president as no candidate won a majority of the electoral vote.
Several days ago, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz predicted that Trump might attempt to settle the election in Congress.
“Let’s look at the big picture: The big picture now has shifted,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “I do not believe that President Trump is now trying to get to 270 electoral votes. I think he thinks that’s out of the question.”
“What he’s trying to do is to deny Joe Biden 270 votes, by challenging in Pennsylvania, Georgia, in Nevada, in Michigan, in Arizona,” Dershowitz said, adding that not allowing Biden to reach 270 out of 538 votes would eventually force House state delegations to vote, where Republicans have an advantage over Democrats. Currently, the GOP has a 26-23-1 state delegation majority in the House of Representatives.
“If he can keep the Biden count below 270, then the matter goes to the House of Representatives, where, of course, there is a Republican majority among the delegations of states, and you vote by state if it goes to the House,” Dershowitz said. “He’s trying to follow the playbook of three elections of the 19th century.”
Jan Jekielek is a senior editor at the Epoch Times.