The 55 votes in California have surpassed Joe Biden and passed the 270-vote mark that confirmed he will be the nation’s next president
The electoral college gave Joe Biden a majority vote on December 14th and confirmed his victory in last month’s election in the state-by-state elections, which this year due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit he had lost had gained in importance.
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The 55 electoral votes in California exaggerated Mr Biden, exceeding the 270-vote mark that confirmed he will be the nation’s next president.
There was little tension and no surprises, as all of the electoral votes given to Mr Biden and Mr Trump in last month’s referendum went to every man.
In Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – the six battlefield states Mr. Biden won and Mr. Trump contested – voters held low-profile votes to Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday. Nevada’s voters met through Zoom over the coronavirus pandemic.
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When all the votes are in, Mr. Biden should have 306 votes to 232 for Mr. Trump. Hawaii was the only state that hadn’t voted yet. Mr Biden has surpassed Mr Trump nationwide with more than 7 million votes.
“In this fight for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,” said Biden in a comment prepared for an evening speech. “We, the people, have voted. Belief in our institutions endures. The integrity of our elections remains intact. It is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.”
(Here is a graphic of how the electoral college works)
Renewed his election promise to be president of all Americans, whether or not they voted for him, Mr Biden said the country had hard work ahead of the virus and the economy.
Former Maryland State Senator Gloria Lawlah, a state easily won by Mr Biden, said the votes for the Democratic ticket were “a rejection of hate, a rejection of division”.
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But not everyone was ready to say that the election was over, even with the casting of votes. Mr 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. Mr Biden won the state by 1.54,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, over Mr Trump.
The Georgia State Police were in effect at the Atlanta State Capitol before the Democratic voters who pledged Mr Biden met. No demonstrators were seen.
Even with the electoral college’s confirmation of Mr. Biden’s victory, some Republicans continued to refuse to recognize this reality. However, your opposition to Mr Biden had no practical impact on the electoral process, as the Democrat was due to be sworn in on January 20th.
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Despite Mr 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 Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence in case courts that have repeatedly denied Mr. Biden’s victory somehow still find that Mr. Trump won.
In North Carolina, Utah, and other states in the country where Mr. Trump won, his constituents 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 Mr Trump four years ago, were among the 29 New York voters for Mr Biden and Mrs Harris.
In New Hampshire, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington led the group at the Pledge of Allegiance before the state’s four voters voted for Mr Biden at 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 Mr. Biden.
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Vermont’s voters were the first in the nation to vote Monday, and they elected Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris.
Mr Biden will address the nation on Monday evening after the voters vote. Meanwhile, Mr Trump is sticking to his false claims that he won the election and is trying to undermine Mr Biden’s presidency before it begins.
“No, I’m worried that the country has an illegitimate president, that’s why I’m worried. A president who has lost again and again,” Trump said in one Fox News Interview that was recorded on Saturday.
After weeks of Republican litigation that was easily dismissed by justices, Trump and Republican allies tried last week to convince the Supreme Court to overturn 62 votes for Mr Biden in four states, which could cast doubt on the outcome.
The judges denied the effort on Friday.
In 32 states and the District of Columbia, the law requires voters to vote for the referendum winner. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this ruling in July.
Voters almost always vote for the state winner anyway because they usually devote themselves to their political parties. This year there was no reason to expect defects.
The electoral college was the result of a compromise in the drafting of the constitution between those who supported the election of the president by referendum and those who refused to give the people the power to directly elect their leader.
Each state receives a number of voters equal to its total number of seats in Congress – two senators plus how many members the state has in the House of Representatives. Washington, DC, has three votes on a constitutional amendment that was ratified in 1961. With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, states give all of their electoral college votes to the referendum winner in their state.
The deal struck by the nation’s founders resulted in five elections in which the president failed to win the referendum. Mr Trump was the most recent example in 2016.