This is Marisa Melton VOA news. More than 100 Republican lawmakers in the US House of Representatives and a dozen senators say they will join an effort Wednesday to try to block certification of the electoral college vote, which indicates Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the November Presidential election. The certification of the electoral college vote 360-232 favoring Biden is the last step before he is set to be inaugurated as the country's 46th President on January 20th. Both chambers of Congress would need to uphold the challenges to Biden's victory for the election outcome to be upended. But Democrats narrowly control the house and are certain to certify Biden's win, while the Democratic minority in the senate along with some Republicans who have acknowledged Biden's win are likely to do the same in the upper house of Congress. Trump, who for weeks has made baseless claims that he was defrauded of election to a 2nd 4-year term, continues to cheer on protests against his loss and outcome that will make him the fifth US President to serve only a single term in office. This is VOA news.
In an extraordinary phone call President Trump pleaded Saturday with election officials in the southern US state of Georgia to find him enough votes to overturn his loss to President Elect Biden. Trump spoke with the state's top elections official republican Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger and a recording obtained by the Washington Post and published Sunday afternoon. In an hour-long call Trump disputed the accuracy of 3 separate vote counts in Georgia that showed Biden was the first Democratic Presidential contender to capture that state since 1992. On Sunday, Mr. Trump said on Twitter quote, I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling or unable to answer such questions as ballots under the table scam, ballot destruction, out of state voters, dead voters and more. He has no clue. That's the end of the tweet. A few hours later, Ravensburger replied also via Twitter. Respectfully, President Trump, what you're saying is not true. The truth will come out. Even if Trump were to end the Georgia vote, Mr. Biden would still have more than the 270-vote majority needed to win the presidency in the Electoral College.