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Electoral College/Vote to Override an Objection to Certification of Presidential Electors from Ohio.
house Roll Call 7     Jan 06, 2005
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In this vote, the House voted 31 to 267 to override an objection raised by Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) to the certification of electors (persons who, based on the results of the November presidential elections, were designated to cast their votes for particular candidates in the Electoral College, the constitutionally created body that technically elects the President of the United States) from Ohio in the U.S. presidential election. Jones based her objection on the grounds that the electors' votes were not "regularly given," meaning that there were substantial problems with the voting in Ohio in the November presidential election, such as lines to vote that were so long that people left in frustration without casting their vote, thus creating doubt about the casting of Ohio's electoral votes for President George W. Bush. Following a presidential election, the U.S. Senate and House meet in a joint session and, via a roll call of the states, certify the electoral votes for each state. If a representative raises an objection to certification that is also signed by a senator, then by law the joint session is interrupted and the objection is heard by the House alone. Jones, whose objection was signed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), pointed out that ongoing lawsuits existed in Ohio regarding the alleged denial of ballots to voters, and contended that these irregularities ought to be addressed before Ohio's votes could be certified and the roll call of the electors could proceed. Progressives further argued that "there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. In many cases these irregularities were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior," (Conyers (D-MI)). Progressives offered the results of a substantial investigation to support their case, and advocated the adoption of uniform standards for U.S. federal elections. Republicans, noting that neither the Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, nor the Democratic State Chairman in Ohio had raised objections to the balloting in Ohio, countered that Progressives' objection was frivolous and designed only to generate public distrust of the electoral results. The Progressives' objections were overridden by a wide margin; thus, the roll call continued, all electors were certified, and President George W. Bush was elected to his second term as President of the United States.

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