Ferguson votes against efforts to reject Arizona, Pennsylvania electoral votes
Published 2:17 pm Thursday, January 7, 2021
Congressman Drew Ferguson, whose district includes Troup County, voted against the two objections to Congress certifying the electoral votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania. Ferguson was one of two Georgia Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote against the objections, the other being Austin Scott of the 8th District.
The objections were raised by some congressional Republicans to throw out electoral votes from swing states in an attempt to overturn the presidential election. Both objections failed to pass either house of Congress.
The objection to Arizona’s votes was raised Wednesday afternoon, before the chambers were evacuated as a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. Rioters vandalized the Capitol, stole property and attacked police. Four people died during the chaos, including one who was shot by police and three who suffered medical emergencies.
The riot followed a speech from President Trump, who, repeating false claims of widespread voter fraud, told protestors to “walk down to the Capitol.”
The House and Senate reconvened Wednesday night, and proceedings dragged into the early hours of the morning.
Other objections were raised but did not go to a vote. That included an objection to certifying Georgia’s electoral votes raised by Georgia Rep. Jody Hice. Because no Senator supported the objection, it was rejected.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler had previously said she would support such an objection, but reversed her position after the violence, stating on the floor that she “cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Raffensperger issued a 10-page letter in response to the Georgia objection, outlining the two recounts that had taken place and again debunking false claims about a stolen election in the state.
As of press time, a spokesman for Ferguson did not respond to a request for comment.