Virginia lawmakers discuss ceremonial Electoral College count

Handful of Republicans plan to object

We caught up with Rep. Bob Good and Sen. Mark Warner on Tuesday.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to show support for President Trump one day before Congress certifies the Electoral College results.

What is usually a ceremonial counting of the votes, that each state has already certified, is drawing nationwide attention because some Republicans plan to object.

Freshman Congressman Bob Good, who was just sworn in on Jan. 3, is among them.

He represents Virginia’s 5th Congressional District and said he’s backing President Trump.

“I’ll be part of those objecting tomorrow, challenging those states’ electors that, I think, are worth challenging,” explained Good.

[Rep. Ben Cline says he’ll object the Electoral College certification process]

Meanwhile, Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner plans to certify the votes and said the count could take a while.

“If those who are trying to gum up the works, who are simply trying to be foot soldiers of Donald Trump, actually contest all six states; you’re looking at potentially 24 hours plus,” said Warner.

One reason behind the delay is the handful of Republicans claiming there is enough evidence to overturn the results.

“It does seem that there’s evidence of fraud, there’s evidence that laws were not followed in accordance with the state legislators who make those laws in those respectful states,” said Good.

“If there were efforts to come forward with additional evidence, that would’ve been brought forward in the courts. We’ve seen over 60 courts rule against these Trump efforts,” said Warner.

Warner said he expects the majority of Republicans to certify the 306 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kalama Harris.

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Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.