Headline RoundupDecember 30th, 2020

Sen. Josh Hawley to Object to Electoral College Certification

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said on Wednesday that he could not “vote to certify the Electoral College results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.” Hawley is the first Republican senator to raise such an objection, joining a group of objecting House Republicans and defying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to further challenges. Hawley’s backing will guarantee a debate over the objections in both houses of Congress. Hawley’s statement also cited similar objections made by Democrats after the 2004 and 2016 elections. In 2004, a California senator and an Ohio representative made a protest objection that they said was not intended to challenge the election result. In 2016, some Democratic representatives made objections, but their motion failed quickly without backing from the Senate. Coverage in right-rated outlets was less likely to say that Hawley’s objection was unlikely to affect the election outcome. Some coverage in left-rated outlets mentioned President-elect Joe Biden’s opposition to 2016 election challenges.

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