On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Home and Senate will get collectively to simply accept the electoral votes. If one Home consultant and one Senator resolve to problem the outcomes, they’re allowed to debate the votes for 2 hours, in accordance with the Electoral Rely Act. However the regulation is not clear on whether or not or not all the debate is restricted to 2 hours, or if they’ll debate for 2 hours per electoral vote (all 528 of them). If Ted Cruz decides to debate each electoral vote it will probably create a delay that can set off a cascade of occasions that may forestall Biden from ever changing into President, in accordance with Jeremy D. Mayer, an affiliate professor on the Schar Faculty of Coverage and Authorities at George Mason College.
From his essay in The Hill:
Can something be executed to forestall this? Nothing can cease the delay. However the closing maneuver of choosing Pence by the Senate will be stopped in two methods. First, just a few trustworthy Republican senators may vote for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, since her ticket really received.
That may nearly certainly imply the top of their political profession.
Failing that, Democratic senators must deny the Senate a quorum, which might imply neither chamber would have picked a winner. Beneath the twelfth Modification, two-thirds of all senators should be current. If 34 Democrats go away the chamber, they’ll cease Pence’s choice. In the event that they do, then all of the GOP delay would have led to changing Biden with … President Nancy Pelosi.
After all, if the GOP actually wished to maneuver America towards banana republic territory, the rules permit the sergeant-at-arms to arrest and drag senators again to the chamber to make a quorum. It is inconceivable to say in the event that they’d go that far, or if it could succeed.
Will Ted Cruz and the GOP try such a coup? Their base will demand it. And given the truth that the GOP has been penetration testing each attainable election course of weak point they’ll discover, it would not be stunning in the event that they do.
Picture: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Ted Cruz, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65843466