U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, today assisted in the official counting of the Electoral College votes during a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress. Each state's electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress in January in the year following the meeting of the electors. Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber to conduct the official tally of electoral votes.
"It was an honor to serve as an official teller during today's joint session of Congress to count electoral votes for the President and Vice President of the United States," Miller said. "Certifying and tallying these election results is a constitutional requirement and something that must be done openly before the American people on the Floor of the House of Representatives. Through my role as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, I was proud to be a part of this historic procedure certifying our nation's presidential election results."
Note: Joint Session for Electoral Count:
* Congress is directed by the Constitution to review and count the electoral votes certified by the States in a joint session.
* The electoral count occurs in a joint session in the Hall of the House
* By tradition, the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committee on House Administration and Senate Rules Committee are appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader as the four official tellers.
* Under section 18 of title 3, the President of the Senate (the Vice President) presides over the joint session.
* The certificates and other papers relating to the electoral count are presented in alphabetical order by States.
* The certificates of votes given by the electors are opened by the President of the Senate and handed to the tellers, who read them in the presence and hearing of the two Houses.