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How fake electors tried to throw results to Trump

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The state attorney general and the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol are digging deeper into the role fake electors played in Donald Trump’s desperate attempt to cling to power after his defeat. defeated in the 2020 presidential election.

Electors in seven battleground states signed false certificates that Trump, not Democrat Joe Biden, had won their states. They mailed those certificates to the National Archives and Congress, where they were ignored.

Now, those certificates are getting a second look from lawmakers as they conduct an expanded review of the January 6, 2021 riots and events before that. More than a dozen people have been subpoenaed so far.

Consider who the voters are, how the plan goes, and why lawmakers are investigating right now:

WHO ARE THE PRESIDENT Electors?

Electors are people appointed by state parties, sometimes before a general election, to represent the electorate. The job is usually delegated to current and former party officials, state legislators and party activists.

The winner of the state’s popular vote will determine which party’s electors are sent to the Electoral College, which convenes in December after the election to certify the winner in the White House.

There is little guidance in the Constitution regarding the qualifications of electors except that no senator, representative, or federal office holder may be appointed to the position. After the Civil War, the 14th Amendment also provided that public officials “who participated in insurrection or rebellion against the United States” could not serve as electors.

There are now 538 electors, matching the number of US senators and representatives, plus three representing the District of Columbia, which receives those electoral votes even though it has no voting representation in the District of Columbia. Congress.

Once selected as electors, members gather in the capitals of their respective states on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December to certify the winner of the popular vote. across their state. Each elector receives two votes: one for the president and one for the vice president through a process set forth by the 12th Amendment.

To vote, each voter signs six certificates. One was mailed to the president of the Senate, two to their state secretary of state, and two to the National Archives. Finally sent to a local judge.

HOW TO DO ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATES OF THE COUNTRY CONFERENCE?

After the certificates are sent out, Congress will assemble on January 6 at 1 p.m. for a joint session to count votes in the Electoral College. The process is regulated by federal law, and as of 2020, most of it is a process.

The incumbent vice president – in 2021, it’s Mike Pence – presides over the session and opens the ballot certificates from each state in alphabetical order.

Once the certificates are opened, they are passed on to four traders – two from the House of Representatives and two from the Senate – who announce the results. The Teller of the House is composed of a representative of each party and is appointed by the Speaker of the House. At the end of the counting of votes, the vice president announces the name of the next president.

The confirmation of the results, on January 6, 2021, was aborted when a mob of Trump supporters fought the police in front of them and broke into the Capitol, stopping the process and forcing the lawmakers. law and Pence had to go into hiding. Biden’s victory in the Electoral College was certified early in the morning of January 7 after it took police all day to quell rioters and secure the building.

SO WHAT ARE TRUMP ACCESSORIES TRUMPING TO DO?

On December 14, 2020, when the Democratic electors in key conflicting states met in their state government seats to vote, the Republicans had served as the electors that Trump won have also regrouped. They claimed to be legitimate electors and submitted fake Electoral College certificates declaring Trump the winner of the presidential elections in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,

Certificates from “alternative electors” in seven states were sent to Congress. Some of Trump’s Republican allies in the House and Senate have used them to justify delaying or blocking election certification during a joint session of Congress.

On two of the certificates, from New Mexico and Pennsylvania, the fake electors added a warning that the certificate was filed in the event they were later recognized as qualified electors. , is duly elected. That would only be possible if Trump wins any of the dozens of legal challenges he filed in the weeks following the election. Instead, he lost everything.

But lies about voter fraud from the former president and his allies ultimately had serious consequences beyond the Electoral College’s certification, fueling a deadly revolt on the Capitol building. on that day.

WHY DOES IT NOT WORK?

Attempts to throw out the election were unsuccessful, in part because of centuries-old safeguards. While Congress and the National Archives received fake certificates, the only certificates counted in the joint session were the official lists of electors from each state in question.

When Pence was pressed by Trump allies to introduce unofficial pro-Trump electors to cast doubt on Biden’s victory on January 6, he refused. And though Republicans in Congress have raised challenges to some of the electoral college votes, none have been successful. Lawmakers eventually certified the outcome and Biden’s victory.

But Trump’s revolt and brazen campaign to throw results have led to a bipartisan effort in Congress to update the law governing the Electoral College to ensure no future president can abuse the process. this to take power.

WHAT DOES JAN. 6 DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

The House of Representatives wants to determine whether there was any fraudulent activity in the preparation of fake Electoral College certificates. They are also looking at people who have planned and implemented efforts in each of the seven states. Attorneys general in New Mexico and Michigan are conducting their own investigations.

At least 20 people involved in the fake electoral college scheme have been subpoenaed by the House panel, including former Trump campaign members, state party officials and state lawmakers.

Although the voter pushback was public at the time, lawmakers wanted to know more about the involvement of Trump’s White House and members of his campaign, in part to determine see if any crimes may have been committed.

“This is a concerted effort — a multinational effort,” California Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, told MSNBC shortly after the first subpoenas were issued to the electors. fake. “The forged documents are similar and we want to know who coordinated this and who asked them to do this.”

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