A group of House Democrats is considering a challenge to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s election at Friday's joint session to certify the Electoral College tally, Politico reported.
Members are allowed to protest when Congress officially counts the electoral votes, and Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDemocrats hit crunch time for passing Biden agenda Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Now is the time to end the subminimum wage for people with disabilities MORE (D-Va.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) have signaled they may take advantage of that opportunity.
But they would need the support of at least one senator to make an impact. While there's almost no chance of changing the outcome, a two-chamber challenge could delay certification by forcing the House and Senate to separately debate each protested Electoral College vote, according to Politico.
As of now, no senator has come forward to back such efforts.
Should a senator join those protesting, the challenge to the Electoral College would be the third since the 1800s.
Ohio’s electoral votes were challenged in 2005, when certifying George W. Bush’s reelection. The protest delayed the confirmation of Bush’s win for hours but had no effect on the election results.
Progressive groups are reportedly behind the push for an Electoral College challenge. One group involved in this week's attempt, Unite for America, was behind a December push to persuade electors to change their selection when they cast votes on Dec. 19.