Electors Meet Across U.S. To Formally Choose Biden As Next President

Written by on December 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential electors are assembly throughout america on Monday to formally select Joe Biden because the nation’s subsequent president.

Monday is the day set by regulation for the assembly of the Electoral Faculty. In actuality, electors meet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to solid their ballots. The outcomes might be despatched to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.

The electors’ votes have drawn extra consideration than common this 12 months as a result of President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and continued to make baseless allegations of fraud.

Biden is planning to deal with the nation Monday evening, after the electors have voted. Trump, in the meantime, is clinging to his false claims that he gained the election, but additionally undermining Biden’s presidency even earlier than it begins. “No, I fear in regards to the nation having an illegitimate president, that’s what I fear about. A president that misplaced and misplaced badly,” Trump mentioned in a Fox Information interview that was taped Saturday.

Following weeks of Republican authorized challenges that had been simply dismissed by judges, Trump and Republican allies tried to steer the Supreme Courtroom final week to put aside 62 electoral votes for Biden in 4 states, which could have thrown the end result into doubt.

The justices rejected the hassle on Friday.

Biden gained 306 electoral votes to 232 votes for Trump. It takes 270 votes to be elected.

In 32 states and the District of Columbia, legal guidelines require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner. The Supreme Courtroom unanimously upheld this association in July.

Electors nearly at all times vote for the state winner anyway as a result of they often are dedicated to their political occasion. There’s no motive to anticipate any defections this 12 months. Amongst distinguished electors are Democrat Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

The voting is decidedly low tech, by paper poll. Electors solid one vote every for president and vp.

The Electoral Faculty was the product of compromise in the course of the drafting of the Structure between those that favored electing the president by common vote and those that opposed giving the individuals the ability to decide on their chief.

Every state will get quite a few electors equal to their whole variety of seats in Congress: two senators plus nevertheless many members the state has within the Home of Representatives. Washington, D.C., has three votes, underneath a constitutional modification that was ratified in 1961. Apart from Maine and Nebraska, states award all their Electoral Faculty votes to the winner of {the popular} vote of their state.

The cut price struck by the nation’s founders has produced 5 elections during which the president didn’t win {the popular} vote. Trump was the latest instance in 2016.

Biden topped Trump by greater than 7 million votes this 12 months.

After which there’s yet one more step: inauguration.

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