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Reply #13: Art I Sec 5: "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections ... of its own Members" [View All]

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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 03:29 PM
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13. Art I Sec 5: "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections ... of its own Members"
but of course this must be subject to some interpretation by the Courts; it seems obvious that it does not have an unlimited meaning -- for example, a House of Congress cannot simply declare the clear and obvious loser of an election to be the winner

We should prefer not to see Congress exercise this prerogative too lightly: a lot of us were PO'd in 2006 when the House swore in Bilbray (R) for CA-50 before the election was certified


On June 6, 2006 Republican Brian Bilbray allegedly slightly outpolled Democrat Francine Busby in the special election for California’s 50th Congressional District, despite Busby’s lead in the polls going into the election ... On June 13, 2006, Bilbray flew to Washington, DC and was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker Dennis Hastert. On or about June 30, 2006, 17 days after Bilbray was sworn in as a member of the House, Mikel Haas, Registrar of San Diego County, officially completed the audit of election results required for certification, and officially certified the election of Bilbray over Busby based on 163,931 votes cast, of which 2,053 votes were said to be cast on Diebold TSX touchscreens, and the remainder scanned via Diebold Accuvote OS computers ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00316.htm
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