There were protests in several states, but in the end, there was very little drama today at statehouses around the country where electors cast their votes for president.
According to The Hill, the biggest disturbance may have been in Michigan where Republican lawmaker Gary Eisen told a local radio program this morning that he couldn’t promise there would be no violence during the casting of that state’s 16 electoral votes.
Ultimately, those votes were cast for Biden while Eisen was removed from his committee assignments as a punishment.
According to Ava Ayers, director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, some Trump supporters in swing states were hoping to inspire faithless electors around the country. Faithless electors are people who are supposed to cast a vote for one candidate, but cast it for another.
“That’s prohibited by law in a number of states and we didn’t see anyone give it a try,” Ayers told Capital Tonight.
But pro-Trump activists have at least one more strategy they can use to subvert the outcome of the election.
“They can just get a bunch of people together and call them electors and try to get them into state capitols to vote in places like Georgia and Michigan,” Ayers explained. “The hope here, is that on January 6, when Congress counts the electoral votes, that there will be two slates of purported electors which will allow Trump supporters to vote, procedurally, to try to overthrow the election.”
According to Ayers, while it’s a disturbing possibility, it’s extremely unlikely to happen.