After their loss in the Supreme Court on Friday, Texas is still trying to get involved in other states’ elections. After casting Texas’ 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump, the electors held another vote, this time to urge the legislatures of other states to overrule the will of their voters and appoint their own electors.
The resolution requesting that Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia appoint their own Trump friendly electors even though he lost those states, passed on a 34-4 vote, according to the Texas Tribune. The state of Texas has no legal authority to do this. But it didn’t really matter because the four states had already cast their votes by that time, and California made it official a short while later by pushing Biden over 270.
The Democratic lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, John Fetterman mocked the resolution on Twitter writing: “We’ll get right on that.”
The resolution also “condemn[ed] the lack of action by the U.S. Supreme Court” after the justices rejected Texas AG Ken Paxton’s suit which aims to invalidate electors from the four battleground states that were crucial to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
In his address on Monday night, Biden addressed Paxton’s suit saying, “It’s a position so extreme, we’d never seen it before. A position that refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of law and refused to honor our Constitution.”
On Monday the Electoral College affirmed Joe Biden’s win. He received 306 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 232. The results will be sent to Washington where they will be tallied in a January 5 joint session of Congress with out-going Vice-President Mike Pence presiding.