Congress Republicans exploring overturning the electoral college?
gillman at RCF-FS.USC.EDU
Fri Nov 17 09:42:56 PST 2000
CNN had a story yesterday reporting that Congressional Republicans are
looking into whether they have the power, by a majority vote of the
Congress, to reject the votes of Florida electors if Gore wins (which is
unlikely). The story can be found here:
The key language is:
According to both memos, any one member of
the House joined by any one member of the
Senate could object to the disputed Florida
electoral votes during the joint session. At that
point, each chamber would meet separately to
debate and vote on the merits of the objection.
Both chambers must agree to reject the electoral
votes while only one chamber is needed to accept
them, the Republican memo says.
Do we all agree that a majority vote in each chamber to not accept a slate
of electors can result in those electors' votes not being counted? If so,
why doesn't that mean that WHENEVER one party controls the Congress and the
other party gets a majority of electoral college votes, then the
congressional majority can just undue the results of the election (for
example, by just not accepting California's electors)?
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