The House of Representatives and the Senate will convene in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to count the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election.
The vote count on Capitol Hill typically unfolds as a routine formality, but this year a number of Republican lawmakers plan to object to the results from multiple states, triggering what is expected to be contentious debate and votes over whether to reject any objection.
President Donald Trump has made false claims of a rigged election and pressured GOP lawmakers to fight back, but there’s no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and the expected objections on Wednesday will not change the overall outcome — though the process will delay the final affirmation of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Both chambers of Congress would have to vote in support of any objection in order for it to succeed and House Democrats, who control the majority in that chamber, will reject any objections, while a number of Republican senators have also said they will oppose objections.
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The joint session of Congress will convene at 1:00 pm ET on Wednesday to begin the count.
As the votes for each state and the District of Columbia are read, there will be a call to ask if there are any objections. If there is an objection, it will have to come from one senator and one member of the House.
If that occurs, the joint session breaks up, and both chambers debate separately for up to two hours. They will then vote on the objection and resume the joint session.
It’s not yet clear how many objections there will be in total.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz plans to object to Arizona’s Electoral College results during the joint session of Congress on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the matter have told CNN.
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley has said he plans to object to the results in Pennsylvania.
Republicans could also force debates and votes on other key states. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia has signaled she plans to object to Biden’s win in her state. (CNN has projected that Democrat Raphael Warnock has defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s Senate runoff, but Loeffler will remain in office until the election results are certified.)
House Republicans are pushing to object to as many as six states, and if a senator goes along, it could push the debate late into Wednesday evening and even Thursday morning.
This story has been updated to reflect the projected results of Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff.
How to watch Congress count the Electoral College votes The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ CNN.