Brian C. Kalt


Under U.S. House precedent, any member-elect can challenge the right of

any other member-elect to take the oath of office at the beginning of a new term.

The uncontested members-elect then swear in and decide the fate of those who

were forced to stand aside. If the House is closely divided and there are

disputed elections at the margins, a minority party could exploit this procedure

to try to seize control of the House.