This Has Not Happened Before

Even when the electoral count was exciting, it was peaceful.

The Senate chamber. Front and center is noted Trumpist Jake Angeli, who is not a senator.
Election of 1860

Electoral votes have been challenged and thrown out before

In 1872, Congress threw out electoral votes from two states (Louisiana and Arkansas) on the basis of election fraud, and three electoral votes cast for a dead candidate (Horace Greeley). This did not provoke much controversy, as the outcome of the election was completely unaffected by these disqualifications. (President Grant was re-elected by a large majority.)

Political cartoon related to the 1876 election. Many were concerned the election controversy would set off a second civil war if not handled carefully.

Peaceful transitions are normal.

Image from source.

Dr. Tomas McIntee is a mathematician and occasional social scientist with stray degrees in physics and philosophy.

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