Sources on Capitol Hill have told RAW STORY that other senators are preparing statements of support to deliver when Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) challenges Ohio?s electoral votes today.
Several sources indicated that additional senators are not likely to sign the challenge, possibly at the request of Sen. Boxer and Rep. Tubbs-Jones. MSNBC?s Countdown program suggested as many as half a dozen senators might join Sen. Boxer.
Among those who are expected to speak in support are Senators Clinton, Obama and Dodd.
Only one member of the Senate and one House member needs to sign a challenge to open discussion on the electoral vote tally. Boxer has agreed to joined at least 24 other House members in challenging Ohio?s electoral votes over election irregularities.
Bush?s victory is not in jeopardy since Republicans control both chambers, but the discussion?which may last as long as two hours?could reduce his claim on
a mandate. The challenge will be only the second time since 1877 that Congress has been forced into separate meetings to consider electoral votes.
?I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light by allowing you to have a two-hour debate to let the American people know the facts surrounding Ohio?s election,? Boxer wrote in a letter to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), one of the many members in the Democratic effort.
Sen. Kerry himself will be absent from the session. He is visiting troops in Iraq.