Joint session to certify presidential election could take days

Joint session to certify presidential election could take days


A joint session of Congress that convenes Wednesday to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory could drag on for days thanks to rules permitting hours of deliberation for any objections to state results.

Republicans in the House and Senate plan to contest the results provided by six battleground states, beginning with Arizona, after the House and Senate gather for a joint session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

None of the protests has a chance of succeeding. An overwhelming majority in both chambers will block any effort to change the results certifying Biden as the winner in the half-dozen states some Republicans are questioning.

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The states are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. President Trump has contested Biden’s win in each of those states.

Under the rules governing the joint session, over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside, the process allows up to two hours of debate, followed by votes, for any challenge. The process overall could

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