On December 14th, electors cast their official votes for the electoral college.
Usually, only the chosen electors of the candidate who has been declared the winner cast their votes. But with ongoing legal battles and growing skepticism from conservatives, the Republican electors in so-called “Biden states” made history by showing up to cast their procedural votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Republican electors took a stand in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New Mexico.
This means that Congress will have a dueling set of electoral votes to count on January 6th when they meet for a Joint Session to certify the results.
If any of the ongoing legal battles prove successful for the Trump team, the backup set up votes could be crucial to a swift declaration of victory for Donald Trump. And that’s probably why they did it!
The chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, David Shafer, hinged as much in a series of tweets, explaining that GOP electors acted because the “President’s lawsuit contesting the Georgia election is still pending.”
“The Republican nominees for Presidential Elector met today at noon at the State Capitol today and cast their votes for President and Vice President,” Shafer said in a Twitter post. “Had we not meet today and cast our votes, the President’s pending election contest would have been effectively mooted. Our action today preserves his rights under Georgia law.”