Friday, January 6, 2017

House Democrats to challenge Trump's Electoral College win--Shiela Jackson Lee

At Politico by Kyle Cheney  -- 

A Democratic congresswoman from Texas confirmed late Thursday that she and as many as 10 colleagues will contest the validity of Donald Trump's election Friday, when lawmakers meet at the Capitol to certify Trump's Electoral College victory.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said in a phone interview that she and her allies plan to challenge the validity of electoral votes in multiple states, where she argued voter suppression tactics may have tainted the outcome. She said a separate batch of challenges will focus on disqualifying electors who may have been ineligible to serve at all.

"This is an American question of justice and fairness and the appropriate running of presidential elections," Jackson Lee said.

Though the Constitution empowers the Electoral College to choose the president, it requires Congress to review the votes and reject any it deems invalid.

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