Senator Josh Hawley has just announced that he will ‘object’ to electoral votes form certain states on January 6th, when Congress holds a special session to certify the electoral votes:
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
In case you can’t see the tweet, here’s his statement:
So what exactly happens when a House member and a Senator object?
“Objections to individual state returns must be made in writing by at least one Member each of the Senate and House of Representatives. If an objection meets these requirements, the joint session recesses and the two houses separate and debate the question in their respective chambers for a maximum of two hours,” the CRS said. “The two houses then vote separately to accept or reject the objection. They then reassemble in joint session, and announce the results of their respective votes. An objection to a state’s electoral vote must be approved by both houses in order for any contested votes to be excluded.”
Essentially it will just force a vote on the objections in both the House and Senate on whether to accept or reject the objection. It still seems like a pretty big uphill battle to get both the House and the Senate to accept the objections, but it will at the very least force a vote so that we know where every House member and Senator stands on the issue.