LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s house Democrats said they plan to defend Michigan’s election results if there is an objection Wednesday in Congress.
At 1 p.m., Congress is expected to accept the results. President-Elect Joe Biden, who won the Electoral College 306-232, is set to be inaugurated Jan. 20.
The process is ceremonial and is typically a smooth and easy process. Vice President Mike Pence is required to read the certified votes from each state.
Several Representatives and Senators across the country said they will object to the certified results. Democratic lawmakers have been working to defend the election and said they’re ready to refute anything based on security.
Rep. Debbie Dingell said the election won’t be overturned, but the attempt might create a crack in American democracy.
“The irony is not lost on us. Some members of congress who may object were on the ballot in the same election,” said Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee. “As they continue to sow doubt in Michigan’s election results when it comes to the presidential election, they have no issue taking their own oath of office a few days ago. They can’t have it both ways.”
“For me, this suppression tactic is one that I’ve seen throughout history to suppress the voice and the vote of minorities in America,” said Rep. Brenda Lawrence. “It reminds me of Jim Crow. Throwing out legitimate votes of Black Americans? We cannot go down that slippery slope.”
EXPLAINER: How Congress will count Electoral College votes
Wednesday’s congressional joint session to count electoral votes has taken on added importance this year as congressional Republicans allied with President Donald Trump are pledging to try and undo Democrat Joe Biden’s victory and subvert the will of the American people.
The Republicans — a dozen senators and many more House members — are citing Trump’s repeated, baseless charges of widespread fraud. They say they will officially object to the results, forcing votes in the Republican-run Senate and the Democratic-controlled House that will almost certainly fail.
There was not widespread fraud in the election, as has been confirmed by a range of election officials and by William Barr, who stepped down as attorney general last month. Neither Trump nor any of the lawmakers promising to object to the count have presented credible evidence that would change the outcome.