SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota's lone vote in the House of Representatives has announced he will host a town hall telephone call with constituents Thursday, Jan. 7, to discuss Congress' Wednesday count of Electoral College votes expected to certify former Vice President Joe Biden as the next U.S. president.
The town hall "following the Jan. 6 counting of the Electoral College certifications" will take place at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, according to an email from Rep. Dusty Johnson's spokesperson Tuesday afternoon.
The public can dial into Thursday's town hall at 833-946-1543.
While some fellow Republican members of Congress have signaled they will oppose certification over unfounded claims of voter fraud in the presidential election, South Dakota's two Republican U.S. senators — John Thune and Mike Rounds — have made public statements suggesting they'll vote to certify Biden.
Johnson has not yet made his intention known publicly.
A spokesperson for Johnson told Forum News Service that the congressman would send out a statement on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and "will be answering these questions" during Thursday's town hall.
In a recorded message on his office's voicemail, Johnson says, "I've heard from a lot of South Dakotans about this." The second-term, 44-year-old congressman from Mitchell, S.D., also calls himself a "constitutional conservative" in the message.
On Monday, Johnson spoke obliquely in an interview with WNAX Radio about Wednesday's certification in Congress, saying, "it'll be interesting to see what kind of new facts can emerge as a part of that process."
According to federal law, both houses of Congress meet on Jan. 6 to count Electoral College votes in November's presidential election, usually an uncontroversial formality.
Biden won the White House, per the Electoral College, where he gained 306 to President Donald Trump's 232 votes. Biden will be sworn into office as president on Jan. 20