A dozen Republican members of Florida’s U.S. House Delegation ultimately voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. Nevertheless, the attempt to block the win hours after pro-Donald Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol failed.
All Democrats in Florida’s Congressional Delegation voted to certify all electoral votes submitted by states. But the most of Florida’s Republican Representatives voted no on certifying slates of electors for both Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Voting in favor of objections to both slates were Reps. Kat Cammack, Mario Diaz-Balart, Byron Donalds, Neal Dunn, Scott Franklin, Matt Gaetz, Carlos Giminez, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Greg Steube and Dan Webster.
Three members of Florida’s Delegation could not attend the certification of the Electoral College. COVID-19 sidelined Republican Reps. Gus Bilirakis and Maria Salazar, and Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who is being treated for pancreatic cancer, also missed the vote.
The votes closed the end to a chaotic series of events for what’s normally a clerical function of Congress. During debate over objection to Arizona’s vote, rioters breached the Capitol resulting in one protestor’s death and 53 arrests. It disrupted the certification of votes for several hours. That came after President Trump in a speech in