Vice President Mike Pence Ignored Certificates Of Alternate Slate of Electors

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Vice President Mike Pence Ignored Certificates Of Alternate Slate of Electors During Joint Session

Source: Epoch Times - https://www.theepochtimes.com/pence-congress-ignored-alternative-slates-of-electors-during-joint-session_3647546.html
Pence, Congress Ignored Alternative Slates of Electors During Joint Session
BY ZACHARY STIEBER

January 7, 2021 Updated: January 7, 2021

Vice President Mike Pence did not acknowledge how seven states sent two certificates to Washington, one for President Donald Trump and one for President-elect Joe Biden, during the joint session of Congress.
Pence only read off one certificate, for Biden, for the seven states in question: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Before reading each state’s certificate, Pence asked the joint session if there were objections. He would later add: “This certificate from [a state], the parliamentarians advise me, is the only certificate of vote from that state that purports to be a return from the state and that has annexed to it a certificate from the authority of the state purporting to appoint and ascertain electors.”

Vice President Mike Pence Ignored Certificates Of Alternate Slate of Electors During Joint Session

The Electoral College Act, passed some 150 years ago, outlines a scenario where a state sends “more than one return or paper purporting to be a return.” It calls on the vice president in his or her role as president of the Senate to open “all the certificates and papers purporting to be certificates of the electoral votes” during the joint session to count electoral votes.
What Pence said as he called out states differed from what vice presidents said in previous sessions, Politico noted.

In past joint sessions, vice presidents have read so-called alternative electors. For instance, Vice President Richard Nixon in 1961. Nixon was initially declared the winner of Hawaii, but candidate John F. Kennedy was later certified as the state’s winner, just two days before the joint session that year. Congress received certificates from Republican electors, Democratic electors, and a package from the Archivist of the United States.

“The Chair has received three certificates from persons claiming to be the duly appointed electors from the State of Hawaii. The Chair will hand these certificates one at a time to the tellers who will read the certificates and the attached papers in full. After the first certificate has been read the Chair will then hand the second certificate to the tellers, and then the third,” Nixon said.

Nixon then suggested the electors named by Hawaii’s governor, or the electors for Kennedy, be considered the lawful objectors. No one objected, so the session moved forward.

Pence’s office didn’t return an inquiry on why he didn’t acknowledge alternate slates.

Vice President Mike Pence Ignored Certificates Of Alternate Slate of Electors During Joint Session