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Pence welcomes the efforts of U.S. lawmakers to raise objections given ‘voting irregularities’

Joint session to certify the 2020 election results, in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he did not believe he had the authority to accept or reject electoral votes unilaterally, but welcomed efforts by U.S. lawmakers to raise objections about alleged “voting irregularities”.

Pence, under intense pressure by defeated President Donald Trump to hold up certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 election, told U.S. lawmakers in a letter that he would do his duty to ensure concerns about the election received a “fair and open hearing”.

“When disputes concerning a presidential election arise, under Federal Law, it is the people’s representatives who review the evidence and resolve disputes through a democratic process,” said Pence, who is presiding over a joint session of Congress to certify the election results.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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