Congress certifies Biden, Harris as objections are rejected

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The joint session of Congress concluded at 3:45 am Thursday.

Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes, while Trump received 232 votes in the November Presidential election.

SHASHIDHAR NANJUNDAIAH

After a dramatic day of riots and chaos in the Capitol building in Washington, the Senate and the House meeting continued into wee hours Thursday to determine on whether there was voter fraud in the November election.

The Senate certified Joe Biden (D-Del.) as President and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as Vice President late tonight after several states withdrew their original objections to the election results.

Shortly afterwards, President Donald Trump put out a statement that there will be an orderly transition on January 20, CNN reported. Because Trump has been known to retract or deny past statements, the media is taking the statement with caution.

3:38 am ET: The final tally of the November Presidential election stand as follows (Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates):

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: 306
Donald Trump and Mike Pence: 232

After 3:00 am ET, a vote in the House of Representatives, although more contentious, completed voting against the motion, rejecting the opposition, meaning that they voted to accept the election result as fair and not rigged, as President Donald Trump had claimed. Congress rejected the objection as follows:

Senate: 7-92
House of Representatives: 138-282

This meant that 145 lawmakers in all adhered to the objections. Several of them argued that it was a legitimate claim, and that if it was rejected, they would stand by it.

Pursuant to that claim, many Republicans took it up both legally and politically. In several states, Republicans had claimed voter fraud, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

With the exception of Pennsylvania, all the states went through the objection motion by either not submitting a written petition, a requirement, or not signing it, another requirement. There was a robust debate in the House on Pennsylvania, the last in the alphabetical order in which they states were called.

The House debate was not without its ugly moments, though. A small number of Representatives came close to physically fighting after Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) charged that Republicans had been telling “lies” about his state’s votes. About a dozen Republicans and Democrats rushed to the middle aisle and came close to one another arguing, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the House to order and the congressman returned to their seats.

Earlier in the night, although more than 80 senators supported the Pennsylvania objection, the Senate quashed the objection. A debate is ongoing in the House, where the issue seemed more contentious.

Following the riots and illegal break-in by President Donald Trump’s supporters, many Republicans switched from supporting the objection to accepting the election result, thereby implicitly acknowledging that there was no voter fraud in the November 2020 Presidential election.

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