Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Congress could face a disputed presidential election triggered, not necessarily by foreign interference, but by the ballots counted after Election Night that cause the initial apparent winner to fall behind. If Congress receives conflicting submissions of electoral votes from the same state, the existing statutory and constitutional provisions for handling this conflict are ambiguous and vulnerable to partisan posturing. Bicameral deadlock, in which the Senate claims one presidential winner while the House claims the other, would resemble the disputed Hayes-Tilden election of 1876 in a way that Bush v. Gore in 2000 did not. This kind of bicameral deadlock, if it lasted until noon on January 20, 2021, would cause serious difficulties in the capacity of the nation to transition from one presidential term to the next pursuant to the rule of law. It is in the nation's best interest to confront this vulnerability now, in order to be in the best possible position to handle this kind of situation if it should arise.



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#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-15 12:30 PM | Reply

It's my understanding that if there is no definitive outcome by January 20, 2021, the new Congress (sworn in on January 3) will appoint a pro-tem.

There's no provision in the Constitution for a "hold over" or an "extension" of an administration.

It also means that Trump has no presidential authority as of noon, January 20th. He becomes "citizen" Trump and eligible to fall into the hands of a couple New York A.G's who have been waiting for him.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-15 03:04 PM | Reply

The question has been raised about what happens if red states fail to hold an election. There's no law that require a state to hold an election but there is a law that mandates they appoint electors. Failure of any bloc of red states to appoint electors by a date certain would result in a forfeiture of those electoral votes.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-15 03:29 PM | Reply

Sore losers are still disputing the last one.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-08-15 03:40 PM | Reply

Hell they're still disputing Gore Bush.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-08-15 03:44 PM | Reply

Conservatives are still disputing their surrender at Appomattox.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-15 03:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


If Trump gets a second term his dictatorship take care of that.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-15 04:39 PM | Reply

Just a coincidence they're from the same political party?

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-08-15 05:07 PM | Reply

Just a coincidence they're from the same political party?

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-08-15 05:0

Nothing is coincidence, and your grandmother is among those stealing and eating babies.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-15 05:36 PM | Reply

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