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Senate staff secures Electoral College ballots amid riot

Congress Electoral College
Posted at 3:24 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 18:24:06-05

As pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the US Capitol, the Electoral College ballots that were being read by Vice President Mike Pence were grabbed by Senate aides.

Moments after a recess was called, senators and representatives were moved to undisclosed secure locations. Several protesters breached the Senate chambers.

The protests were later declared a "riot" by DC Metro Police.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, tweeted a photo of the Electoral College ballots several hours after a recess was called.

It’s unclear when the counting of the Electoral College votes will resume.