"The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted."
We last glimpsed the dangers lurking in these lines during the electoral crisis of 2000. As sitting Vice-President, Al Gore was the President of the Senate on January 6, 2001. So it fell to him to "open all the Certificates" and preside over the vote count.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Ackerman, Bruce, "Thomas Jefferson Counts Himself Into the Presidency" (2004). Faculty Scholarship Series. 120.