TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY (WSKG) — Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed said he will vote to confirm the Electoral College vote count in Wednesday’s House vote. The vote is the final act needed to verify the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
Reed said voting to uphold the election results is his duty.
“I will not be objecting to the state’s electors tomorrow based upon my commitment to the U.S. Constitution,” Reed said.
State electors cast their Electoral College votes on Dec. 14. Biden defeated Trump by 306-232.
Reed said he spoke with constituents on both sides of the issue. His decision goes against several of his GOP colleagues. That includes Pennsylvania Congressman Fred Keller, whose district neighbors Reed’s.
Central New York Republican John Katko announced Monday that he will also vote to certify the count.
Reed said, going forward, the Republican Party should focus on winning the “hearts and minds” of those who did not vote for President Trump by having conversations about GOP policies.
Reed acknowledged Biden’s victory after he was declared the winner in November.