The Electoral College: A 2020 Presidential Election Timeline
My thoughts On Overturning The 2020 Election
Congressional Democrats as well as some Republicans want us to believe that the constitutional effort of contesting the 2020 presidential election has somehow morphed into overturning the will of the people. Clearly this is not the case at all.
When a state, any state, conducts an election there are certain rules and deadlines that must be adhered to. There can be no deviation to the rules and/or dates unless it is done by the state legislature. There are federal guidelines as to how ballots are handled, counted and preserved. State election officials are required to oversee the election in every county polling place insuring that state and federal guidelines are being followed. Any interference (inside or outside) the state and county election precincts must not be ignored with officials looking the other way when obvious wrongdoing has been perceived to have occurred. So someone working at a polling site or an election ballot processing center cannot arbitrarily make changes or marks on a ballot, not even to “fix” and obvious error made by the voter. Neither can a worker insert unauthorized or subsequently “found” ballots into a ballot processing machine. A worker may not alter or “adjust” software or processing equipment or require vetted and mandated and authorized ballot monitors to leave the processing center while workers continue processing ballots. When any of the above abnormalities have been deemed to occur it is everyone’s responsibility to report the suspected wrongdoing to a supervisor and ultimately to the state election official who is normally the Secretary of State and then to the Governor. That’s it in a nutshell.
The Electoral College timeline is governed by the U.S. Code at 3 U.S.C. §§1-18, the Twelfth and Twentieth Amendments to the Constitution, and state laws and political party rules.
November 3rd is Election Day with polls closing at 8:00 pm and once the ballots of the popular vote have been submitted and tabulated (November 4th – December 14th). The Governors are required to sign a Certificate of Ascertainment, filed with the Archivist and provided to the Electors by December 14th.
December 8th is designated the “Safe Harbor” Deadline where Governors of contested elections submit a certificate of determination to the Archivist.
A candidate may then choose to contest the results of an election in any or all of the affected states. In that case there are legal procedures to take when an election is contested. Some procedures may entail state legislatures or through the courts.
The next phase is the Electoral College and the voting of the designated electors. Those votes happen on a designated date and are then sealed at the state and delivered to the House of Representatives by another designated date where they will remain until the date they are unsealed in a joint session of Congress.
December 14th is the day the Electors Vote IN THEIR STATES. The votes are then certified with Certifications of Ascertainment sent to the required parties by December 23rd. There are procedures should this deadline not be met.
January 6th is when a Joint Session of Congress meets to count the Electoral Votes and declare election results transmitting them to the Vice President. Members may object from any individual state AS THEY ARE ANNOUNCED. Objections must be made in writing by one Member of the Senate and House of Representatives. The joint session recesses and the two houses separate and debate for a maximum of two hours. The two houses then vote separately to accept or reject the objection. They then reassemble in joint session and announce their respective votes. An objection to a state’s electoral vote must be approved by both houses in order for any contested votes to be excluded.
January 20th is the date set for the Inauguration of the President and Vice President. The Vice President takes the oath first, followed at noon by the President.
For additional information on the Electoral College, see CRS Report RL32611, The Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections, by Thomas H. Neale. (Updated October 22, 2020)
It is important to note that until the Joint Session of Congress has met on January 6th and approved the EC votes, there is no president-elect, until announced by the Vice President of the United States.
We have witnessed the banty-rooster posturing and blatant in-your-face intimidation demanding that there was no election fraud so we must just get over it. Let me tell you that the biggest election fraud in American history has been “running a game” on the American people.
It must be addressed and those responsible MUST be held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the law. As I have already said – it is the responsibility of EVERY AMERICAN to contest election fraud and underhanded dirty dealings. Complacency and ignorance is no excuse. – I am the Real Truckmaster!