Questioning the electoral process has a long history in American politics. But in recent years, it’s become more poisonous to democracy.
For weeks, Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty pledged to vote to overturn the election results. But late Wednesday night, they both flipped and voted to not block the results of the electoral college in Arizona.
When Congress votes on Wednesday to certify the election results of the presidential election, Tennessee will be in a unique position: Both U.S. senators will be voting to overturn the results. Republicans Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty have pledged to fight the certification process.
Electors all across the country will be casting the votes Monday that should certify Joe Biden as the next president. This process will likely draw protests at many statehouses, but the procedure in Tennessee is expected to be controversy-free.
Tennessee is joining the ongoing battle over the presidential election results. The state’s attorney general filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court on Wednesday stating Tennessee’s support of Texas’ lawsuit that challenges results in four states.
Nashville election officials say their systems ran smoothly this month and that they’re hopeful that they’ve increased public trust in voting. In certifying the city’s election results Thursday, they noted lessons learned about accommodating COVID-positive voters and what it takes to process more than 34,000 mail-in ballots.
As President Trump refuses to concede, many in the Republican Party have defended his decision, saying he has the right to ask for recounts. And they point at the 2000 presidential election as an example of the process being normal.
Joe Biden will address the American people as president-elect after a win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold on Saturday. Biden’s speech is scheduled for 8 P.M. Eastern Time (7 P.M. Central), and you can watch it live here.
With chants of “four more years” and “Fox News sucks,” hundreds of President Trump’s most devoted supporters gathered at the Tennessee capitol on Saturday afternoon. They prayed for the president’s legal challenges to the election, shortly after it was called for former Vice President Joe Biden by multiple media outlets, including Fox News.
Turnout will set a new record in Tennessee, topping 3 million votes. But there were still plenty of residents who sat out this election — including those who did so intentionally.