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Electoral votes certified in favor of Joe Biden

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 6:52 AM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - On Thursday at 2:45 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence announced the final electoral college votes.

“The votes for President of the United States are as follows: Joseph R. Biden Jr. of the state of Delaware has received 306 votes. Donald J. Trump with the state of Florida has received 232 votes,” Pence said.

Moments after this all became official, President Trump sent a message out through a spokesperson saying he’s disappointed with the result, but there will be an orderly transition of power.

This process overnight wasn’t without objections.

Lawmakers spoke out about alleged, but unproven fraud in several states. The senate rejected most of these by overwhelming margins.

Alabama senator Tommy Tuberville was one of a half dozen senators to sign on to a handful of objections, but ultimately, it did not change the outcome.

Many of our own elected officials were inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday when protesters swarmed the building. After witnessing the lawlessness, prominent members of Alabama’s Congressional delegation spoke out, condemning the actions.

Governor Kay Ivey stated:

“Tonight, as our elected representatives reconvened in the U.S. Capitol, Vice President Pence reminded us that violence never wins in our great nation — freedom wins. I am pleased to see the people’s work continue and the rule of law upheld. The resiliency of our country will always prevail.”

Senator Richard Shelby who was at the chaotic scene tweeted, “Today is a very dark day for our country. I am safe thanks to the protection and swift action by our law enforcement officials. Our Founding Fathers warned against mob rule. Law and order must be established and maintained.”

Lieutenant Governor of Alabama Will Ainsworth tweeted, “We must remember that the GOP is the party of law and order, and protests, no matter how passionate, must always be peaceful. I pray that order will soon be restored at the U.S. Capitol and that the police officers working to end the chaos will remain safe.”

Congressman Robert Aderholt, who was on the House Floor objecting to the electoral votes released a video, asking for prayers during this time in our nation’s history.

“I have always supported peaceful protests and most of the people that were here in Washington today were for that very purpose, to protest in peace,” Aderholt said. “But some crossed the line and when you injure police officers, when you injure other people and when you damage the Capitol, I believe they have crossed the line and I don’t think that is who we are as a nation. I think this nation needs to look to God, we need to come together in prayer and ask that God give us direction as we move forward and certainly I want to do what I can...”

You can find Aderholt’s full statement here.

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