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This week, the US Congress will be putting the finishing touches to the chaotic, drawn-out 2020 US presidential election

A joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate will be held on Jan. January at 1:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. AEDT / 7:00 a.m. NZDT on Jan. January) when the votes of the 538-member electoral college are opened, counted, and confirmed after the November elections.The President of the Senate (who also happens to be Vice President Mike Pence) will then finalize the winner

Typically, this process generates very little public attention, as it is essentially just a formal confirmation of a finding that the American public has known for nearly two months

But it will be different this year because a small group of President Donald Trump’s deputies in the House and Senate announced that they will be contesting the certification and voting of voters in what will be a fruitless attempt at the announcement Democrat Joe Biden’s victory to delay

Congress should immediately appoint an electoral commission with full investigative and investigative powers to conduct a 10-day emergency review of election results in the contested states

Once completed, individual states would evaluate the results of the commission and, if necessary, could convene a special legislative session to confirm a change in their vote

The move by this small group of Republican lawmakers is almost certain to fail as the Democratic majority in the House will oppose the challenges, and quite a number of Republicans have announced that they will be voting against them, too

This final attempt to reverse the election result based on Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud will at most delay the inevitable, which can take anywhere from a few hours to a day, depending on how many separate challenges are presented

The process of addressing these challenges is based on the Electoral Count Act of 1887

How the drama will unfold. When Pence announces the electoral vote from each state, he will object. By federal law, the objection must be in writing and

must clearly and precisely, without argument, state the reason for this and be signed by at least one senator and one member of the house of representatives

If an objection is announced, the two congress houses immediately retire and discuss the objection in separate sessions for a maximum of two hours, with no member speaking for more than five minutes or more than once. The objection is then voted on

Under the law, Congress can only reject votes that are not “regularly” cast, but both the House and Senate must agree. Congress has no power to replace a state’s electorate

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The challenges are expected to come against Biden victories in up to five so-called “battlefield” states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

The Republican rebels charged with the election results know the numbers are not in their favor As the senators state in their statement,

We’re not naive, we assume that most, if not all, Democrats, and perhaps more than some Republicans, will vote differently

And although Trump’s tweet stated that the “Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently elected voters,” the reality is that Pence isn’t doing just that. A federal judge denied a lawsuit last week to get Pence to do just that

The motives behind the Republican challengers are not entirely clear, though some believe they are only thinking of their own political futures, including a possible run for the 2024 presidential run

It is clear, however, that this will be the last legal attempt to undermine the integrity of the 2020 elections – as there is still no material evidence of fraud, corruption, rigged voting machines or other misconduct by Trump and his deputies allegedly

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It may take some time, but the 306 votes Biden won on Election Day will ultimately be classified as “regular” – to use the official term, and Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be voted on Aug. January at 1212 a.m. to take office regardless of whether Trump continues to object

But the cost of these actions will be immense. The cumulative effect of over 50 misdirected state and federal judicial processes, the failed attempts to get Republican-controlled lawmakers to overthrow their states’ electoral votes, and recent efforts to bring about the pressuring Georgian foreign minister, 11780 to summon More votes for Trump damaged the electoral process and American democracy itself

Moreover, the willingness of Republican lawmakers in Congress to further support Trump’s ineffective efforts to overthrow the election results – with no evidence of misconduct or hopes of success – only add to the damage.

As Republican Senator Ben Sasse said when speaking out against his own colleagues’ campaign challenge,

was designed to disenfranchise millions of Americans just for voting for someone in another party

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