The electoral college gave Joe Biden a majority of its votes on Monday, confirming his election victory last month in the state-to-state elections that rose in importance this year due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit he had lost had won.
The 55 electoral votes in California exaggerated Biden, surpassing the 270-vote mark that confirmed he will be the nation’s next president.
Some states were safer as voters met that day by federal law. Voters cast ballots in gatherings held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with masks, social distancing, and other virus precautions being the order of the day. The results will be sent to Washington for a joint congressional session on January 6th, which will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.
There was little tension and no surprises as all of the electoral votes that Biden and Trump were given in last month’s referendum went to every man.
In Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – the six battlefield states that Biden won and Trump denied – voters cast their votes on Monday in low-key voting, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Nevada’s voters met through Zoom over the coronavirus pandemic.
With all the votes in, Biden should have 306 votes to 232 for Trump. Hawaii was the only state that hadn’t voted yet. Biden surpassed Trump nationwide with more than 7 million votes.
“In this fight for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,” said Biden in remarks prepared for an evening speech. “We, the people, voted. Maintained trust in our institutions. The integrity of our elections is preserved. And now it’s time to turn the page. Unite. Heal. “Renewed his election promise to be president of all Americans, whether they voted for him or not, Biden said the country had hard work ahead of the virus and the economy.
Former Maryland Senator Gloria Lawlah, a state easily won by Biden, said the votes for the Democratic ticket were “a rejection of hate, a rejection of division”. But not everyone was ready to say that the election was over, even with the casting of votes. Trump has refused to admit and continues to make unsupported fraud allegations.
There have been voter safety concerns that have been virtually unknown in recent years. In Michigan, lawmakers from both parties reported receiving threats and legislative offices closed on threats of violence. Biden won the state with 154,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, over Trump.
Georgia State Police were in effect at the Atlanta State Capitol before the Democratic voters who pledged Biden met. No demonstrators were seen.
Even with the electoral college’s confirmation of Biden’s victory, some Republicans continued to refuse to recognize this reality. However, their opposition to Biden had no practical impact on the electoral process, as the Democrat was due to be sworn in on January 20th.
Despite Biden’s victories in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Republicans who would have been Trump voters met. The Pennsylvania Republicans said they would have put a “procedural vote” on Trump and Pence in case courts that repeatedly denied contestations of Biden’s victory somehow still found that Trump had won.
In North Carolina, Utah, and other states in the country where Trump won, his voters duly cast their ballots for him. The temperatures of voters in North Carolina were checked before they were allowed to enter the Capitol to vote. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes retired as a Trump voter and was in quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who defeated Trump four years ago, were in New York’s 29 voters for Biden and Harris.
In New Hampshire, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance before the state’s four voters voted for Biden in the State House in Concord. He had given a moving speech at the Democratic National Convention in August about the fight against stuttering, which he shares with Biden.
Vermont’s voters were the first in the nation to vote on Monday, and they voted for Biden and Harris.
Biden will speak to the nation on Monday night after the voters vote. Trump, meanwhile, holds on to his false claims that he won the election and tries to undermine Biden’s presidency before it begins.
“No, I’m worried that the country has an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president who has lost again and again, “Trump said in an interview with Fox News that was taped on Saturday. (AP) AQS AQS