Fact check: No, Pence can't overturn the election results

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“One of the points of the Electoral Count Act is to constrain the vice president given this earlier episode and make it clear that he’s a presider not a decider,” explained Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. The Electoral Count Act, Potter explained, offers a detailed playbook for how Congress’ counting is supposed to go and it specifically limits the vice president's work to a ceremonial job, "It says the vice president shall preside and he shall ensure that the certifications and votes from the states are opened and read out,” Potter said.

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