Letter: Objecting to electors just isn’t distinctive to the 2020 election | Opinion

Primarily based on competition over electoral votes within the presidential election of 1876, the Congress developed and handed the Electoral Rely Act of 1887, which formally established a congressional counting process for electoral votes.

An underpinning of this act is that the U.S. Structure states “Every state shall appoint, in such method because the legislature thereof might direct, a variety of electors.” The 1887 Act states “That it shall be the obligation of the manager of every State “to certify these electors and to correctly submit one set of electoral votes to Congress.”

Below the 1887 act, the congressional acceptance of the electoral votes features a course of for senators and representatives to boost objections regarding the electoral votes of a state and make a dedication, majority vote in each homes of Congress, whether or not or to not settle for the electors submitted the manager of a state.

In recent times, the Democratic Occasion has normalized objecting to electoral votes.

In 1969 Rep. James O’Hara, D-MI, and Sen. Edmund Muskie, D-ME, objected to the North Carolina electoral votes.

In 2001, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-FL; Eddie Bernie Jackson, D-TX and 10 different Democrat representatives objected to the Florida electoral votes.

In 2005, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-OH, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, objected to the Ohio electoral votes.

In 2017, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA; Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX; Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-MD; Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, with the encouragement of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA., have been reported CNN as making objections to the electoral votes of ten completely different states.

Over issues of potential conflicts between the legal guidelines handed state legislatures in 5 states, and the way in which the manager of the state and/or different officers in these 5 states carried out the 2020 election of presidential electors, 88 particular person legislators in these 5 states requested the Congress delay their evaluate of the electors chosen for his or her states till the legislatures had time to evaluate compliance of their state elections to the “method” they “direct”ed.

In my humble opinion, senators and representatives in Congress who selected to help objections to the electoral votes of the 5 states in query have been doing so to help complying with the U.S. Structure and legally handed voting legal guidelines. Anybody who accused a senator or consultant with treason for this motion must apologize to the senator or consultant for the ill-informed declare of the accuser.

Charles Medvitz

New Baltimore

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