As many as 10 members plan to mount objections when Congress meets Friday, but so far no senator has joined them.
A Democratic congresswoman from Texas confirmed late Thursday that she and as many as 10 colleagues will contest the validity of Donald Trump’s election Friday, when lawmakers meet at the Capitol to certify Trump’s Electoral College victory.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said in a phone interview that she and her allies plan to challenge the validity of electoral votes in multiple states, where she argued voter suppression tactics may have tainted the outcome. She said a separate batch of challenges will focus on disqualifying electors who may have been ineligible to serve at all.
“This is an American question of justice and fairness and the appropriate running of presidential elections,” Jackson Lee said.
Though the Constitution empowers the Electoral College to choose the president, it requires Congress to review the votes and reject any it deems invalid.
It’s also why the Democratic members’ gambit is effectively a dead-end: Congress is controlled by Republicans who have little interest in standing in the way of the president-elect’s ascension to the White House.
The maneuver to impede Trump’s election also faces another potentially crippling problem: challenges to electoral votes require the support of at least one member of both House and the Senate. So far, Jackson Lee said, no senators have stepped forward to join the effort.