Thursday, September 21, 2023

Congressional Paper Pushing, or Not.

What to Expect When Congress Votes to Accept the Results of the November Election


New Mexico's congressional delegation arrives in Washington, D.C., as efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election reached a fever pitch. During a procedure that is meant to be an exercise in congressional paperwork, members of New Mexico's delegation have a decision to make:

Vote to affirm or reject the result of the vote of Electoral College that officially clinched the presidency for Joe Biden. This vote is already being positioned as a key electoral issue – one that will have ripples across the country.

Here's what your representatives stand:

The state's lone Republican, Yvette Herrell (R. NM-02) has already publicly stated on her Facebook page that she intends to vote to reject the Electoral College vote. Big surprise. Herrell will use the symbolic vote to secure favor with other Trump supporters. She will join veteran GOP members in objecting to the election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Nevada, and Wisconsin. [Editor's note: It remains widely-accepted that Joe Biden won those states.]

Incoming Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez (D. NM-03) has not publicly stated which way she’ll vote, although it’s highly unlikely that she would object to the results of the election. Rep. Leger Fernandez publicly pledged support for the president-elect and represents the safe Northern New Mexico Democratic district.

There's no surprise that the President-elect will be able to count on Rep. Deb Haaland’s (D. NM-01) vote, as he has nominated her to serve in his cabinet. Haaland’s historic nomination as Secretary of the Interior still needs confirmation, but she is decidedly on Joe’s side. Senators Heinrich and Lujan are also not expected to object to the Electoral College results.

The fever will fizzle but the fallout following these efforts may be felt for years by representatives for years to come – regardless of how they vote. House and Senate Republicans may hold out until the end, throwing up one lawsuit after another with zero evidence to support their claims; but in the end, the results will be the same. 

Ceremonial congressional paperwork aside, Joe Biden will be inaugurated later this month.


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