The 2020 presidential election is finally coming to a close Wednesday, when Congress meets to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Long viewed as a routine legislative affair, this year’s certification process will be unlike any other. The reason: dozens of House Republicans will be joined by at least 12 GOP senators to object to certifying the results.
It has been commonplace for House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to challenge the election results during the certification process for decades, something they are permitted to do under the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
What isn’t common, however, is any senator joining the effort, let alone 12.
That will change Wednesday, when Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) lead a group of Republican colleagues in objecting to the certification of at least three states: Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
States like Michigan and Wisconsin could also be added.
The Electoral College went 306-232 for Biden, but President Trump has