Updated: This post has been updated to clarify the procedural reasons the Republican electors cast their ballots for President Trump.
Various fact-checks on the dueling electors state, “Joe Biden got all of the electoral college votes in those three states, a result of the Biden-Harris ticket winning the majority of the certified votes there. Electors gathered at state capitols around the United States Monday, December 14, 2020, to cast their votes. There were no “faithless electors” in the process, which means each elector voted along the lines of their state’s popular vote.”
Trump electors voted as procedural votes to preserve their vote while states are being contested. Republican Electors in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada cast procedural votes for President and Vice President to preserve the Trump campaign’s legal challenges.
The Trump campaign asked Trump electors to cast their votes as litigation makes its way through the system as we saw in the 1960 election with Nixon vs Kennedy. You can read more here.
Republican electors in Nevada have cast ballots for Donald J. Trump, and declared him the winner of six electoral votes.
Electors in Georgia and Pennsylvania also cast procedural ballots for Trump while the states continue to be contested.
There are now dueling electors in all three states.
🚨 BREAKING: Nevada GOP electors cast ballot for Donald J Trump declaring him winner of 6 Electoral votes in NV.
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) December 14, 2020
Breaking: Nevada GOP electors vote for Trump
— Koi (@koi529) December 14, 2020
🔴LIVE: Nevada GOP Makes Major Announcement https://t.co/Eqkb3kyQYg
— The Election Wizard (@Wizard_Predicts) December 14, 2020
The Electoral Count Act (ECA) of 1887 says each chamber of Congress will separately decide which slate of ‘dueling electors’ to accept.
The new congress that will be sworn in on January 3 will be the ones doing the count.
The Senate would vote for the Vice President. Republicans currently hold the Senate.
The House of Representatives would choose the President however it is not one vote per lawmaker like it is in the senate.
The House in each state gets one vote and with the new Congress, Republicans will have the advantage with 27 of the state delegations – a candidate needs 26 votes to win the White House.
If the two chambers disagree, we could end up in uncharted territory, though experts typically say that electors approved by each state’s “executive” should prevail.