Some Republican representatives and senators made their first objections to electoral votes known, specifically to Arizona’s electoral votes, on Wednesday during a joint session of Congress. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said he objected on behalf of 60 of his colleagues and his objection was signed by a senator, forcing a debate on the votes. The objection was that the votes "were not, under all of the known circumstances, regularly give."
The last time an objection was heard during a joint session in which debate had to take place was in 2005, when a Democratic representative and senator objected to electoral votes in Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.
An objection needs a representative and a senator in order for it to be heard. In 2017, some Democrats objected to electoral vote counts in the 2016 election but none were signed by a senator, resulting in then vice-president Joe Biden overruling each.
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