On Monday, the day of the state-by-state electoral College vote, Republicans in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona said their party’s electors had given their “alternative” votes to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Meanwhile, Democratic electors from the four states’ electoral colleges officially voted for the Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Senator Jim Ho.
According to a press release posted by the Pennsylvania Republican on Twitter, electors met in Harrisburg and “cast a conditional vote” for Trump and Pence “at the request of the Trump campaign.”
Their vote came as Democratic electors in the State’s Electoral College cast their ballots for Democrat Joe Biden and Senator Jim Halley.
Pennsylvania Republicans cite the 1960 presidential election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, who was given a conditional vote by the Democratic Electoral College when it met.
“We took this procedural vote to defend any legal claim that might be retained.” “This is not about usurping or competing for the will of the Pennsylvania electorate,” Trump campaign chairman Bernie Comfort told a Republican news conference.
Nevada Republican: History was made today
Republican electors in Georgia, Nevada and Arizona also voted for Trump, while Democratic electors in the state’s Electoral College officially voted for Biden.
David Shafer, chairman of Georgia’s Republican Party, says voters took action today as the presidential campaign’s lawsuit in Georgia continues.
“The Republican presidential nominee met at the state Capitol at noon today to vote on the President (Trump) and vice President (Pence),” Schaeffer said on Twitter. “Our action today will uphold his rights under Georgia law.”
Republicans did the same in Nevada, where Republican electors voted for Both Trump and Pence. In a Twitter post, the Nevada Republican said “history was made today.”
In addition, Arizona’s Republican presidential electors also voted for Trump and Pence, according to the state Republican Party.
The Trump campaign and other private lawyers have launched a series of legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona and other key states. Most of the cases in Pennsylvania were dismissed by state courts.
President Donald Trump’s Allies are preparing to send Congress a list of alternative electors
Trump aide Stephen Miller, speaking on Fox News on Monday, rejected the idea that the Electoral College vote marked the end of the process.
Trump Allies are preparing to send Congress a list of alternative electors that could be recognized if Trump successfully rejects one, even if the electoral College in key states votes for Biden as the winner, Miller said.
“Today, the states in question will vote on alternative electors, and we will send those alternative results to Congress.” “This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open,” he said. That means that if we win these cases in court, we can direct that these alternative electoral votes be certified.”
The Electoral College votes are cast by state on December 14 and then counted during a joint session of Congress on January 6.
Under the United States Code, when the House and Senate meet, they must study “all certificates and documents that claim to be electoral votes.” Several Republican lawmakers said they would try to oppose counting certain states’ electoral college votes, which would then trigger a series of debates and votes.
Miller told Fox News that the alternate voter ballot is designed to keep Trump’s lawsuit in court between December 14 and January.
“That means that if we win these cases in the courts, then we can direct the certifying final electors to vote. And by the same token, Congress has an opportunity to do the right thing.” Miller said.