2016 Electoral College Ratification

Normally ratification of the decision of the Electoral College is a mere formality, with One Side “Yeaing!” and The Others sullenly silent. However there’s (a slight) movement afoot to disrupt things:

More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders. That stunning finding is among the conclusions of an extensive 1,000-plus page legal briefing prepared by a bipartisan nationwide legal team for members of Congress who are being urged to object to certifying the 2016 Electoral College results on Friday.

A joint congressional session is scheduled to ratify the 2016 Electoral College vote this Friday. While there have been calls to challenge that certification—including one women-led effort saying Trump’s victory is due to voter suppression targeting people of color—the analysis that scores of Trump electors were illegally seated, and the additional finding that most states won by Trump improperly filed their Electoral College “Certificates of Vote” with Congress, is unprecedented.

“We have reason to believe that there are at least 50 electoral votes that were not regularly given or not lawfully certified (16 Congressional District violations and 34 Dual Office-Holder violations),” the executive summary of the Electoral Vote Objection Packet said. “The number could be over a hundred. We urge you to prepare written objections for January 6.”

It is surpassingly easy to file a challenge: Only one member of the House is required to file an initial objection. Thereafter a member of the Senate must also sign on. Once this occurs,  both chambers can debate the issue.

As last ditch efforts go, weak tea, indeed.

Frankly, I’ve doubts the Dims have the balls to move forward with the effort, but we’ll see.

2016 Electoral College Ratification