Could Pelosi Be Our Next President?

Could Pelosi Be Our Next President?

( – Everyone in America better hope all the current and future lawsuits filed in conjunction with the 2020 presidential election get resolved by January 20. That is unless the idea of saying “Madam President” to Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sounds appealing.

So far, lawyers working for the Trump campaign have filed four lawsuits regarding alleged issues with collecting and counting votes. Judges already dismissed the cases in Georgia and Michigan, though the president scored a victory in Pennsylvania.

However, future lawsuits could loom on the horizon, depending on the vote count results. President Donald Trump has been open about the possibility of the courts ultimately deciding the election’s outcome.

So how does all this take us to a potential President Nancy Pelosi?

All About the Constitution and Presidential Succession

According to the 20th Amendment of the US Constitution, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s terms expire at exactly noon on January 20th. For that reason, both men would retake the oath of office in 2021, provided they win another term in the White House.

But, if court pending court actions delay the election’s official certification, they would not be eligible to take the oath of office in 2021. If that happens, the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 stipulates that the speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi, in this instance) would assume the duties of President of the United States.

Hopefully, things won’t go that far, and the election results get certified before January 20. Everything is okay, correct? Not exactly.

Further Considerations

What a lot of Americans don’t realize is the fact presidents aren’t elected directly by the people. A vote for President Trump or Joe Biden is a vote for their party’s elector. Once the vote counts get certified, each state’s governor must prepare official documents assigning the Electoral College delegates.

Those documents must be sent to the United States National Archives and Records Administration for further certification by the Federal Register’s Office. Then, the certificates go to the House and Senate. On January 6, 2021, a joint session of Congress counts the electoral votes and declares the results.

Should you be concerned? Probably not.

The country has successfully elected 45 presidents so far without any significant issues. However, the sooner the votes get tallied, the better. The clock is ticking, and Americans are anxious to know who will be in charge of the nation on January 20, 2021.

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