Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., along with 60 other lawmakers, objected to counting Arizona’s electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. Gosar voiced the objection during a joint session of Congress convened to count the Electoral College votes — a necessary and usually routine step in the presidential election process but one that some Republicans are challenging this year in several states.
Following the challenge from Gosar, Vice President Mike Pence, who is overseeing the joint session, dismissed members of the House and Senate to their chambers where they will debate the Arizona electoral count for up to two hours.
Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes after states certified their results, but President Donald Trump and many of his supporters have refused to accept his loss, making false claims of widespread voter fraud without evidence. Now, Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress are making a last attempt to dispute the result, forcing hours of debate in both chambers. But a bipartisan majority of lawmakers have said they are prepared to accept Biden’s win.
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