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There's no guarantee that Mitch McConnell will allow Jon Ossoff (left) and Raphael Warnock to take their seats in the Senate without a fight.

Next Capitol stress test for democracy: What if the Senate won't seat Georgia's winners?

Johnson is executive director of Election Reformers Network, a nonprofit founded by international election specialists to promote electoral improvements in the United States.
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Thanks to Sen. Josh Hawley and other Republicans, lawmakers will be forced to cast "yes or no" votes on a controversial issue — something they try to avoid, writes Burgat.

The sad upside for democracy in the Electoral College objection charade

Burgat is director of the legislative affairs program and an assistant professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
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Vice President Pence has tried, unsuccessfully, to explain his role in counting the electoral votes to President Trump.

Trump puts fresh pressure on Pence to break the rules and upend the election

President Trump on Tuesday ratcheted up the pressure on Vice President Pence to join in his unprecedented plot to so discredit democracy that they purloin themselves a second term.

Pence continued to remain quiet and out of sight, a day ahead of the joint session of Congress to formally tabulate the 306 legally certified electoral votes making Joe Biden the 46th president and Kamala Harris the 49th vice president. Pence is supposed to preside in his role as president of the Senate and his office made definitive only Tuesday morning that he will show up at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

"The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors," Trump declared falsely on Tuesday, magnifying on Twitter the wholly incorrect belief that Pence can wield his gavel at will to overturn the results of the election.

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Rep. Rodney Davis said the Modernization Committee has been "the first opportunity in over a decade to take a deep, internal look at how the House functions."

Why the 'Fix Congress' committee should be allowed to keep at it

Tudor is a policy advocate at Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for reducing executive power as part of its efforts to combat authoritarianism in American government.
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