Rep. Lamborn will contest electoral votes in Congress

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    A view of the U.S. Capitol in February 2010. (Architect of the Capitol)

    Rep. Doug Lamborn said on Monday that he plans to object to presidential electoral votes when Congress convenes this week to certify results.

    The Colorado Springs representative was the last of three Republicans in the Colorado House delegation to state how they plan to respond during the counting of electoral votes — freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert, from the 3rd District, was the first, when she announced on Christmas Eve she planned to object, and Rep. Ken Buck, from the 4th District, signed a Jan. 3 letter with six other House Republicans stating they opposed the effort to object to electoral votes. It “would amount to stealing power from the people and the states,” Buck’s letter said.

    Rep. Doug Lamborn represents Colorado’s 5th District in the U.S. House. (lamborn.house.gov)

    Some supporters of President Donald Trump have said objections to electoral votes are necessary if only to restore faith for Americans that the Nov. 3 election, won by President-elect Joe Biden, was fair. Lamborn, however, appeared to affirm the charge that the election was not to be trusted.

    “The serious irregularities and improprieties marring the 2020 general election threaten America’s’ confidence in our election system,” he said in a Jan. 4 statement. “My constituents deserve to know that the 2020 election was free of fraud, which is why on January 6th, I will object to certifying the Electoral College votes of Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Michigan.” He referred to six states that have been among the most prominent targets of Trump supporters who claim without credible evidence that the election was stolen.

    The new Congress on Jan. 6 is scheduled to meet in a joint session to count votes from the Electoral College. Electors in the various states cast their votes, based on results from the Nov. 3 general election, on Dec. 14, making Joe Biden the winner of the presidential race. If at least one member of the House and one member of the Senate objects to any state’s Electoral College votes, the objection is considered and voted on in each chamber separately. The objection is upheld only if both the House and Senate vote in favor of it.

    At least 140 U.S. House Republicans reportedly plan to object to Electoral College results, and at least 12 Senate Republicans are on record saying they’ll do the same. Many congressional observers expect efforts to overturn Biden’s win to fail, because Democrats control the House and a number of Senate Republicans have already publicly recognized Biden as the election winner.