Crisis Scenario: Disruption to the process of counting and certifying the election results
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In the circumstances where the process of counting and certifying the election results is disrupted by legal issues or violence, we could face a crisis. If a state misses the December 14th deadline for state electors to formally cast their votes for the next president it will lose its right to cast electoral votes. State legislatures could try to send a competing slate of electors to Congress before the official results are called, perhaps with the justification of an extended vote count.
- Critical Point #1: The 12th Amendment stipulates that if neither candidate were able to reach a majority of electoral votes, then state delegations in the House of Representatives would vote for the President, with each state delegation casting one vote; the Senate would vote for the Vice President.
- Critical Point #2: If states submit competing slates of electors to Congress, then, by the Electoral Count Act, both houses of Congress determine which slate of electors to accept.
- Key Conclusion: The members of the next Congress may be put in the position to vote to uphold the integrity of the popular vote. Who we elect to the House and Senate is therefore even more crucial this year.
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