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Only 2 California Republican House members voted against Electoral College objections

SF Gate logo SF Gate 1/7/2021 Eric Ting

Of the 11 Republican members of the House of Representatives from California, only two voted against objections to Electoral College votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

The House held full roll call votes on objections to both slates of electors on Wednesday night. Here's how each vote went down:

Arizona

Voting to reject electors:

— Rep. Ken Calvert (Corona)

— Rep. Mike Garcia (Santa Clarita)

— Rep. Darrell Issa (Vista)

— Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Richvale)

— Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Bakersfield)

— Rep. Devin Nunes (Tulare)

— Rep. Jay Obernolte (Big Bear Lake)

Voting to affirm electors:

— Rep. Tom McClintock (Elk Grove)

Did not vote:

— Rep. Michelle Steel (Surfside)

— Rep. Young Kim (La Habra)

— Rep. David Valadao (Hanford)

Steel and Valadao did not vote after testing positive for COVID-19 over the past five days and going into quarantine. Kim missed the Arizona vote to do a rapid COVID-19 test after potential exposure, but later returned for the Pennsylvania vote.

Valadao said in a tweet he would have voted to affirm the Electoral College, writing, "It is not the role of Congress to choose who the states certify. Only states have the authority to appoint electors. Choosing to ignore the facts for the sake of party power is damaging to the American people’s confidence in the Electoral College and sets an unwise precedent for future elections."

Steel has not said how she would have voted had she been present.

Pennsylvania

Voting to reject electors:

— Rep. Ken Calvert (Corona)

— Rep. Mike Garcia (Santa Clarita)

— Rep. Darrell Issa (Vista)

— Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Richvale)

— Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Bakersfield)

— Rep. Devin Nunes (Tulare)

— Rep. Jay Obernolte (Big Bear Lake)

Voting to affirm electors:

— Rep. Tom McClintock (Elk Grove)

— Rep. Young Kim (La Habra)

Did not vote:

— Rep. Michelle Steel (Surfside)

— Rep. David Valadao (Hanford)

When it was all said and done, only Kim and McClintock cast votes to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. McClintock's votes may come as a surprise to some since he signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the results in four states.

McClintock joined a group of House conservatives who stated that Congress does not have the power to override states in choosing slates of electors.

"To unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process – would amount to stealing power from the people and the states," the lawmakers state in a letter. "It would, in effect, replace the electoral college with Congress, and in so doing strengthen the efforts of those on the left who are determined to eliminate it or render it irrelevant."

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