Pence Aide Warned Against Blocking Electoral College Count, Memo Shows

Shortly before Jan. 6, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief counsel wrote that holding up the certification of the election results would violate federal law.

#electoral-college, #greg-jacob, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Republicans Can’t Handle Losing

When they do, they just want to change the rules.

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Wisconsin Democrats Sue G.O.P. Fake Electors Over 2020 Scheme

In the first lawsuit of its kind, two real Electoral College delegates from 2020 are seeking damages from 10 fake ones who tried to help Donald Trump overturn his defeat in the state.

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Trump Allies Are Still Feeding the False 2020 Election Narrative

Fifteen months after they tried and failed to overturn the 2020 election, the same group of lawyers and associates is continuing efforts to decertify the vote, feeding a false narrative.

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Will Democrats Soon Be Locked Out of Power?

With a little more electoral ambition, Republicans have a clear majority in reach. 

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Memos Show Roots of Trump’s Focus on Jan. 6 and Alternate Electors

Just over two weeks after Election Day, lawyers working with the Trump campaign set out a rationale for creating alternate slates of electors as part of an effort to buy time to overturn the results.

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Election Deniers Are Running for Secretary of State Across the Country

Brazenly partisan candidates who insist that Donald Trump won the 2020 election are transforming races for the once-obscure office of secretary of state.

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Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Fake Trump Electors

The panel demanded information from 14 people who were part of bogus slates of electors for President Donald J. Trump, digging deeper into an aspect of his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

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Democrats, Want to Defend Democracy? Embrace What Is Possible.

Why Congress should reform the Electoral Count Act.

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Jan. 6 Panel and State Officials Seek Answers on Fake Trump Electors

Pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to investigate bogus electors who claimed that Donald J. Trump defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. in their states.

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Our Democracy Isn’t Just Going to Fix Itself

It needs your help.

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Our Broken Electoral System Created the Capitol Riot

Our institutions, from the Electoral College to the media, have convinced conservatives that they are denizens of the real America. 

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Fearing a Repeat of Jan. 6, Congress Eyes Changes to Electoral Count Law

Members of the special House committee investigating the Capitol riot are among those arguing for an overhaul of a more than century-old statute enacted to address disputed elections.

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Court Filing Lists Documents Trump Seeks to Withhold From Jan. 6 Inquiry

The National Archives says the former president is asserting executive privilege over phone logs, notes and other records concerning the attack on the Capitol.

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Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?

Democrats are staring down a decade of powerlessness, and some strategists think shutting up about racial injustice and immigration could save them.

#debatable, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #shor-david-1991

Will 2024 Be the Year American Democracy Dies?

The Capitol riot has been described as both a bullet dodged and a dress rehearsal for a more successful attack on American elections.

#debatable, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #eastman-john-c, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

How Republicans Could Steal the 2024 Election

Liz Cheney’s ouster showed that the G.O.P. is still at war with democracy.

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White House Is Said to Quietly Push Change to D.C. Statehood Bill

The deliberations over the long-shot bill center on three Electoral College votes the Constitution gives to the seat of government.

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Don’t Care for This Impeachment? Wait Until Next Year

Leaders of both political parties suggest that impeachments, Electoral College standoffs and Supreme Court nomination blockades may become frequent fights in American politics.

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The Filibuster That Saved the Electoral College

Like other Senate blockades of the civil rights era, it was about preserving white supremacy.

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McConnell Privately Backs Impeachment as House Moves to Charge Trump

The House was poised to formally call on Vice President Mike Pence to move to wrest power from the president, as Republican support built for impeaching him of inciting violence against the nation.

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How to Ensure This Never Happens Again

The election and its aftermath have revealed weaknesses in our democracy. Here’s how we can fix some of them.

#electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

‘Hold the Line, Patriots’: New Scenes From the Capitol Riot

Our cameras captured the mayhem, confusion and chaos outside the Capitol as Trump supporters entered and disrupted certification of the Electoral College results.

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TV Networks Shift From Coverage of Electoral Tally to Storming of Capitol

News producers prepared for an unusual political event and switched to chronicling the siege by a pro-Trump mob.

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Democrats Have Been Shameless About Your Presidential Vote Too

After the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections, they objected to counting electoral totals.

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Watch out for this misinformation when Congress meets to certify the election.

Here are six false voter fraud claims that may be repeated during Wednesday’s proceedings.

#absentee-voting, #electoral-college, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-machines

The Electoral College Isn’t Supposed to Work This Way

The 1887 Electoral Count Act is a clear and present danger to democracy.

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Republicans Plan to Force at Least Three Votes to Invalidate Biden’s Election

The challenges will transform the normally routine electoral count by Congress into an hourslong spectacle that has already divided Republicans, who are all but certain to fail to change the results.

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Trump Pressures Pence to Reject Electoral Votes

The vice president plays a crucial but largely ceremonial role in certifying the election results in Congress. Here’s how Congress’s election tally actually works.

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Ben Sasse Slams Republican Effort to Challenge Election

Senator Josh Hawley’s plan to object to the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6 is exposing a rift among Republicans.

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On Jan. 6, the vice president will preside as Congress counts the Electoral College’s votes. Let’s hope that he doesn’t do the unthinkable — and unconstitutional.

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Will Pence Do the Right Thing?

On Jan. 6, the vice president will preside as Congress counts the Electoral College’s votes. Let’s hope that he doesn’t do the unthinkable — and unconstitutional.

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Get Rid of the Electoral College, at Last?

Readers offer their arguments for and against, citing the concerns of America’s founders and the way campaigns focus on battleground states.

#electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020

Putin Congratulates Biden After Electoral College Vote

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had delayed acknowledging the victory of President-elect Joseph R Biden Jr. for over a month, citing President Trump’s legal challenges.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #electoral-college, #europe, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

After Electoral College Votes, More Republicans Warily Accept Trump’s Loss

“At some point, you have to face the music,” said the second-ranking Senate Republican. But Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, was notably silent.

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Electoral College Vote Officially Affirms Biden’s Victory

The vote made official Joe Biden’s victory, despite President Trump’s attempt to subvert the nation’s democratic process, and it put pressure on Republicans to acknowledge the outcome.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Day That Settled an Election and Brought Hope for Defeating a Pandemic

“I honestly can’t recall two independent events of such extreme importance occurring on the same day,” said one historian. “A good day,” said another.

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With Selfies, Emojis and Little Disruption, the Electoral College Makes It Official

Some electors met in person to carry out their duties, and statehouses were on high alert for protests. Others stayed remote, and completed yet another 2020 task on Zoom.

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The Electoral College Meets

An archaic institution finds itself in the spotlight: This is your morning tip sheet.

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4 Takeaways From Biden’s Electoral College Victory

Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner of the election, but President Trump’s war on the results is likely to have lasting effects for the country.

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Can Congress Overturn the Electoral College Results? Probably Not

Republicans are planning one final showdown. They are almost certain to fail, but not before Vice President Mike Pence is thrust into having to declare President Trump the loser.

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Electoral College Voter: Long an Honor, and Now Also a Headache

Casting votes in the Electoral College has been a routine part of election mechanics, but this year electors have been thrust into the cross hairs of President Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the results.

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The Electoral College Shouldn’t Matter More Than the Majority’s Votes

Majority rule shapes our lives — except when it comes to electing the president.

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The Electoral College Is Voting Tomorrow. Here’s What to Expect.

Most states offer livestreams to watch the proceedings, including crucial battlegrounds won by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. After Monday’s vote, the process moves to Congress.

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Meet the Electoral College’s Biggest Critics: Some of the Electors Themselves

“Do we really want 538 Bob Nemanichs electing our president?” Bob Nemanich, a former elector, doesn’t. And he is hopeful that 2020 might put future electors out of a gig.

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Four State A.G.s Ask Supreme Court to Reject Texas Election Lawsuit

The attorneys general of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia asked the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from Texas seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victories.

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There’s Still a Loaded Weapon Lying Around in Our Election System

State legislatures are still a threat to appointing electors contrary to the will of their voters.

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Even in Defeat, Trump Tightens Grip on State G.O.P. Lawmakers

In Pennsylvania, the president’s false claims of a rigged vote may inflame the party base for years to come. One lawmaker said that refusing to back up his assertions would “get my house bombed.”

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As Trump Rails Against Loss, His Supporters Become More Threatening

The president’s baseless claims of voting fraud have prompted outrage among his loyalists and led to behavior that Democrats and even some Republicans say has become dangerous.

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Trump Asked Pennsylvania House Speaker About Overturning His Loss

President Trump has failed to persuade elected Republicans in Michigan and Georgia to subvert the will of voters, and his effort appears to have stalled in Pennsylvania too.

#cutler-bryan, #electoral-college, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j