Elections in limbo likely to be decided by lawmakers

If the races go to the House and Senate, each chamber would appoint a five-member committee to examine the races, then make recommendations on which the full chambers would vote.

Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, has twice in the past served on committees that decided contested Senate races. He said such committees can examine ballots and records and subpoena witnesses and evidence. He said this could take “a couple of days, or a couple of weeks,” depending on the circumstances.

The Senate, like the House, has a GOP majority, but Burton said the committee and full Senate would not overturn Dearing’s win on partisanship.