Recent vice presidents who have, or will, preside over contested electoral vote counts.

History forced Al Gore into an awkward moment of irony two months after he lost the 2000 presidential election. He had to preside over the joint session of Congress that officially sealed his political fate — and to rebuff several attempts by fellow Democrats to give him a victory.

“The objection may not be received,” Gore said bluntly and repeatedly during the normally routine counting of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2001…