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117th Congress sworn in while President Trump under fire for call with election officials


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 117th U.S. Congress was sworn in on Sunday, Jan. 3 with Republicans holding a 51-48 advantage in the Senate and Democrats having 11 more seats in the House of Representatives. The Senate majority may change after the runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Also this weekend, in a recording obtained by the Washington Post, President Donald Trump was heard asking Georgia’s secretary of state to find more than 11,000 votes for the president and reverse the state’s election outcome.

Dr. Douglas W. Jones, an election security expert with the University of Iowa, said while the President’s call was shocking, hidden among the conspiracy theories are legitimate complaints about the nation’s electoral process.

“We need to improve the observability and transparency of elections,” said Dr. Jones.  “You shouldn’t need to be an expert in order to figure out that the election was conducted fairly,” he said.