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Mitt Romney tears into Republicans who are threatening to protest the Electoral College vote that will confirm Biden's election victory

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  • Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said it would be "madness" for Republicans to protest the Electoral College vote set to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win.

  • "Trying to get electors not to do what the people voted to do is madness," Romney said, according to NBC News.

  • Since the election, President Donald Trump's campaign and some allied Republicans have waged lawsuits in multiple states seeking to overturn the results.

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Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah has ripped into Republicans who are threatening to protest the Electoral College vote.

"This is madness. We have a process, recounts are appropriate, going to the court is approp & pursuing every legal avenue is appropriate, but trying to get electors not to do what the people voted to do is madness," Frank Thorp V of NBC News quoted Romney as saying.

A representative for Romney confirmed his statement to Business Insider.

President Donald Trump's campaign and some allied Republicans have waged lawsuits in multiple states seeking to overturn the 2020 election results. President-elect Joe Biden's victory became clear days after Election Day, but Trump has yet to concede.

"It would be saying, 'Look, let's not follow the vote of the people, let's instead do it what we want, that would not be the way a democratic republic ought to work," Romney said.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected a request from Rep. Mike Kelly and a group of Pennsylvania state legislators to block the state's certification of its election results.

Tuesday is the "safe harbor" deadline, which means that while states are not required to certify their results by then, if they do so, those results are final and must be accepted by Congress. December 14 is the date set for the Electoral College to meet to formally certify Biden's win.

After electors in each state meet to certify their results, they send certificates of their vote to their state's chief election official, the National Archives, and the current president of the Senate, Business Insider's Grace Panetta reported.

On January 6, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to preside over a joint session of Congress to finalize the vote. If no member objects to the results in writing, then the results would be officially certified.

Some Trump-aligned members of the House of Representatives have said they would challenge some states' electoral votes during the joint session. Both a member of the House and a member of the Senate must vote to challenge a state's electors, however, and if that happens, then both the House and the Senate would have to deliberate on whether to accept the electors.

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