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Trevor Potter Weighs in on Certifying on Election Results

January 7, 2021, The New York Times

The storming of the United States Capitol on Wednesday stalled the counting of electoral votes by Congress to confirm President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, prolonging the process but not preventing Mr. Biden from becoming president.

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Trevor Potter, a former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said that because of anticipated objections by members of Congress to some of the votes, the process was already expected to bleed into Thursday. In fact, Congress has five days from when the counting started — Wednesday — before the pace must pick up.

If the count is not complete by Monday, Congress can no longer take breaks or recess until the electoral votes are certified.

“It was designed so someone could not slow-walk this to prevent the conclusion of the Electoral College process,” Mr. Potter said.

Trevor Potter is also a Member of the Political Law Group at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

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