HUGE! Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania GOP Electors Cast Ballots for Trump and What This Means
December 14th is the day that the electors head to Washington to vote on behalf of the citizens of their state for the offices of President and Vice President.
So far, three states have had their GOP electors cast their ballots for both offices in states that were “won” by Joe Biden.
Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania have all sent their GOP electors to Washington, D.C. to cast their ballot for Donald Trump for President and Mike Pence for Vice President.
Breaking: Nevada GOP electors vote for Trump
— Koi (@koi529) December 14, 2020
So what does this mean? This means that what we have on our hands is a case of dueling electors. This occurs when both the Democrats and Republicans both send their chosen electors to vote.
I don’t know if this would really be an effective strategy, but here’s what could happen according to an article written back in October.
States with close contests between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden could produce competing slates of electors, one certified by the governor and the other by the legislature.
The risk of this happening is heightened in the battleground states of Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which have Democratic governors and Republican-controlled legislatures.
Some election law experts are concerned that an unprecedented volume of mailed-in votes and legal challenges will delay the outcome of the election for weeks, creating an extended period of uncertainty.
Trump has repeatedly said the election is rigged and made unfounded attacks on mail-in voting, which tends to favor Democrats.
If early returns show a Trump lead, experts say the president could press Republican-controlled legislatures to appoint electors favorable to him, claiming the initial vote count reflects the true outcome.
Governors in those same states could end up backing a separate slate of electors pledged to Biden if the final count showed the Democratic candidate had won.
Both sets of electors would meet and vote on Dec. 14 and the competing results would be sent to Congress.
Which set of electors would prevail?
Both chambers of Congress could accept the same slate of electors, which would almost certainly put the matter to rest.
The chambers could also split, which is more likely if the Republicans retain control of the Senate and Democrats hold onto their House majority.
If lawmakers cannot agree on a set of electors, the country will find itself in uncharted territory.
At this point, I think the best chance we have is the actual lawsuit from the Trump legal team that will go to the Supreme Court, and not this strategy.