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12 Jan, 5 tweets, 2 min read
1/ Could Trump be removed from office and permanently banned from running in a future US election?

Yes — if the Senate votes in favor of it. @imillhiser explains: vox.com/22220495/impea…
2/ As we learned the first time Trump was impeached, merely impeaching the president isn’t enough to remove him from office.

The House can charge Trump with a removable offense by a simple majority vote, but he must be convicted by the Senate by a two-thirds vote.
3/ If the impeached official is convicted, the Senate then must decide what sanction to impose on them.

Removal is one option. The Constitution also permits the Senate to permanently disqualify Trump from holding “any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.”
4/ In the case of Trump, it may be difficult to overcome the first hurdle of convicting him in the Senate.

Currently, the GOP still controls the Senate.

Even if Sens. Warnock and Ossoff are able to vote on impeachment, Democrats would need to convince at least 17 Republicans.
5/5 Ultimately, Trump's permanent disqualification from holding office rests in the hands of Republican senators — and whether they want to risk having him as their candidate in 2024.

Read more on the path to barring Trump from office here:

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6 Jan
1/ Congress starts the process of counting Electoral College votes and formally confirming Joe Biden’s win at 1 pm today.

It’s usually a mainly ceremonial task, but this year Trump has hyped up the count as a showdown effort to overturn the election.
2/ Biden's victory isn't in jeopardy: The Electoral College vote count — 306 votes for Biden, 232 for Trump — was finalized when the electors cast their votes in December.
3/ Some Republicans plan to object to certain swing state results, claiming they can’t be trusted due to allegations of fraud.

But throwing out electoral votes requires approval from both houses of Congress, something that is extremely unlikely to happen. vox.com/2021/1/6/22213…
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5 Jan
1/ Tuesday’s #GeorgiaRunoffs will determine which party controls the US Senate.

But it’s not as simple as either Republicans or Democrats getting total control. Here's why:
2/ If Democrats manage to pull out two wins in the runoffs, the two Georgia seats would grant them only 50 seats in the Senate, plus Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as a crucial tie-breaker for simple majority votes.
3/ But most bills need to clear a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate.

So even if Democrats have control of the Senate, they still need around 10 Republican votes to get much done.

Passing Democratic bills will be extremely difficult in a 50-50 Senate. vox.com/2021/1/4/22204…
Read 5 tweets
5 Nov 20
It's day three of Election "Day." Here's the state of the race as of Thursday midday:

• Five key states still remain uncalled by Decision Desk: PA, NV, GA, AZ, and NC.

• Vote counts in PA, NV, and GA continue to trend toward Biden — for now. vox.com/2020/11/5/2155…
2/ Among these states, eyes are on Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes.

If Biden wins Pennsylvania, he wins the presidency, regardless of what happens in these other uncalled states.
3/ Nevada also delivered some encouraging news for Biden in its first significant vote count update in some time.

Biden's narrow lead over Trump expanded to about 1 percentage point, or about 13,000 votes.

More than 100,000 votes remain to be counted.
Read 5 tweets
4 Nov 20
With Joe Biden's wins in Wisconsin and Michigan, per Decision Desk, Joe Biden is now just 17 electoral votes shy of a win in the presidential election.

A win in just PA (20), or the combination of AZ (11) and NV (6) would get him there.

vox.com/2020/11/4/2154… #Election2020
2/ If Biden wins Arizona and Nevada, both states he is leading in, it would put him at exactly 270 electoral votes. A big update from Arizona is expected Wednesday evening.
3/ Many eyes are on Pennsylvania; Trump’s lead has been shrinking as the state continues to process a large number of mail in ballots.

The remaining vote there “appears to be overwhelmingly for Biden,” per the New York Times’ @Nate_Cohn.
Read 5 tweets
3 Nov 20
1/ The best way to protect your voting rights on #ElectionDay is to be prepared with the correct information.

Here’s what you need to know about your rights at the polls, and what legal protections you have.

2/ One thing up front: If you need assistance for any reason before or during voting, you should call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683), a national nonpartisan election protection hotline.
3/ Know your state’s voting requirements.

Double-check your polling place: vote.org/polling-place-…

And poll close times: vox.com/2020/11/3/2154…
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2 Nov 20
1/ It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidential election.

Whether Biden or Trump is victorious depends on which key states they pick up.

Here are the states we're watching: vox.com/21428915/elect… #Election2020
2/ The big six swing states:

Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina are the states that are viewed as most likely to determine the outcome of the election.
3/ Four of them — Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida — were won by Barack Obama in 2012 but Trump in 2016.

Eking out a small margin of victory in most of these states can give a candidate a massive Electoral College payoff.
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