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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 19 05:52:19 UTC 2020

IMO, that should read,

"GSA to Ascertain whether Biden is Presidential Election Winner"

The headline-writer apparently doesn't know the meaning of _ascertain_.

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 12:47 PM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-78/pdf/STATUTE-78-Pg153.pdf
> 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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