[Ads-l] "Ascertainment" - a technical election term

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 17 17:47:03 UTC 2020

I saw the headline
GSA to Ascertain Biden as Presidential Election Winner

and I thought that was an odd use of ascertain, which I think of more
as discover rather than certify. A number of articles mention the fact
that GSA has not made an "ascertainment"  or have the headline "What
is ascertainment".

Apparently it's in the 1963 Presidential Transition Act
The terms "President-elect" and "Vice-President-elect" as used in this
Act shall mean such persons as are the apparent successful candidates
for the office of President and Vice President, respectively, as
_ascertained_ by the Administrator following the general elections
held to determine the electors of President and Vice President in
accordance with title 3, United States Code

Though not as a noun.



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