Appendix C – Counting of electoral votes and confirmation of the 2020 Presidential election

This appendix is a supporting page for Reaction to John Broderick’s “Make no mistake. America is broken.

On 6 January 2021, a joint session of Congress met to count the 2020 electoral votes and confirm the winner. The electoral vote for each state was presented. During this process, a riot started and the Capitol was invaded by a mob of rioters. After several hours, the Capitol was secured and the work of Congress continued.

Objections could be raised to the electoral votes of each state; these needed to be presented by both a House Representative and a Senator. Six representatives presented objections. For two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania, senators supported the objection.  Debate and a vote ensued. Neither objection was sustained. In this document, I analyzed the voting results of each objection by each party.

After the counting on the electoral votes, Vice President Pence, acting as president of the Senate,  determined the candidate Biden had  306 electoral votes. Thus, Biden was certified winner of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Let’s look at the results for Arizona first, as presented in Tables C1 to C6.

Table C1 Summary of House vote on objection to Arizona’s electors, by party,
6 January 2021 [24]

House Vote by Party (Arizona)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republican831215209
Democrat22002222
Total3031217431

Table C2  House Republican percentage vote on objection to Arizona’s electors,
6 January 2021 [24]

House Vote by Party (Arizona)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republicans only39.7%57.9%2.4%100.0%

Table C3 Summary of Senate vote on objection to Arizona’s electors, by party,
6 January 2021 [24]

Senate Vote by Party (Arizona)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republican456051
Democrat460046
Independent2002
Total936099

Table C4  Senate Republican percentage vote on objection to Arizona’s electors,
6 January 2021 [24]

Senate Vote by Party (Arizona)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republicans only88.2%11.8%0.0%100.0%

Table C5 Summary of all votes on objection to Arizona’s electors, by party,
6 January 2021 [24]

Total Vote by Party (Arizona)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republican1281275260
Democrat26602268
Independent2002
Total3961277530

Table C6  Congressional  Republican percentage vote on objection to Arizona’s electors,
6 January 2021 [24]

House Vote by Party (Arizona)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republicans only49.2%48.8%1.9%100.0%

Table C1 summarizes how all members of the House voted on the Arizona objection: 303 members voted No, that is to reject the objection. 121 members voted Yes, that is to sustain the objection. Finally, 7 members didn’t vote. Table C2 indicates that 39.7% of Republican House members voted No, while 59.7% voted Yes and 2.4% didn’t vote.

Table C3 summarizes how the Senate  voted on the Arizona objection: 93 senators voted No and 6 senators  voted Yes,  Table C4 indicates that 88.2% of Republican senators voted No, while 11.8% voted Yes. 

Table C5 summarizes how all of Congress voted on the Arizona objection: 396 voted No, that is to reject the objection. 127 members voted Yes and  7  didn’t vote. Table C6 indicates that 49.2% of Republicans voted No, while 48.8% voted Yes and 1.9% didn’t vote.

The results for Pennsylvania, as presented in Tables C7 to C12.

Table C7 Summary of House vote on objection to Pennsylvania’s electors, by party,
7 January 2021 [24]

House Vote by Party (Pennsylvania)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republican641387209
Democrat21804222
Total28213811431

Table C8  House Republican percentage vote on objection to Pennsylvania’s electors,
7 January 2021 [24]

House Vote by Party (Pennsylvania)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republicans only30.6%66.0%3.3%100.0%

Table C9  Summary of Senate vote on objection to Pennsylvania’s electors, by party,
7 January 2021 [24]

Senate Vote by Party (Pennsylvania)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republican447051
Democrat460046
Independent2002
Total927099

Table C10  Senate Republican percentage vote on objection to Pennsylvania’s electors,
6 January 2021 [24]

Senate Vote by Party (Pennsylvania)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republicans only86.3%13.7%0.0%100.0%

Table C11 Summary of all votes on objection to Pennsylvania’s electors, by party,
7 January 2021 [24]

Total Vote by Party (Pennsylvania)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republican1081457260
Democrat26404268
Independent2002
Total37414511530

Table C12  Congressional  Republican percentage vote on objection to Pennsylvania’s electors,
7 January 2021 [24]

Total Vote by Party (Pennsylvania)Vote No to sustain objectionVote Yes to sustain objectionNot VotingTotal
Republicans only41.5%55.8%2.7%100.0%

Table C7 summarizes how all members of the House voted on the Pennsylvania objection: 282 members voted No, that is to reject the objection. 138 members voted Yes, that is to sustain the objection. Finally, 11 members didn’t vote. Table C8 indicates that 30.6% of Republican House members voted No, while 66.0% voted Yes and 3.3% didn’t vote.

Table C9 summarizes how the Senate  voted on the Pennsylvania objection: 92 senators voted No and 7 senators  voted Yes,  Table C10 indicates that 86.3% of Republican senators voted No, while 13.7% voted Yes. 

Table C11 summarizes how all of Congress voted on the Pennsylvania objection: 374 voted No, that is to reject the objection. 145 members voted Yes and 11  didn’t vote. Table C12 indicates that 41.5% of Republicans voted No, while 55.8% voted Yes and 2.7% didn’t vote.

Notes

[24] All the summary tables were prepared by myself using data from: Counting of electoral votes (January 6-7, 2021). Ballotpedia, accessed 8 January 2022. https://ballotpedia.org/Counting_of_electoral_votes_(January_6-7,_2021)

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