Electoral College Confirms Biden Win

  • As expected, Joe Biden won the vote of the Electoral College, 306-232.
  • “We made it,” Gov. Evers said, in the face of the laughter and applause of the electors.
  • President Trump continued, on Twitter, to make accusations of fraud.

The 538 members of the Electoral College voted on Monday and confirmed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory, dealing incumbent President Donald Trump a big blow in his maneuvers to have his apparent defeat overturned. President Trump has alleged electoral fraud, albeit without tangible proof.

U.S. president-elect Joe Biden said it is time for the nation to heal after the U.S. electoral college formally confirmed his victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, December 14, 2020.

The Electoral College vote is one of the most important steps between the November 3 election and the inauguration of the next US President, scheduled for January 20th. The ritual is as old as the presidency itself, but rarely as scrutinized as was the case this year.

Quite notable is the fact that in the six states where President Trump had launched an offensive in the courts to try to reverse the outcome of the elections, all voters at the Electoral College confirmed, with their votes, that Mr. Biden was the winner of the presidential elections therein after all.

It is the Electoral College, comprising of one elector per US senator and representative, plus three for the District of Columbia, that elects the President of the United States.

“We Did It!”

The absolute certainty that the election would not escape Mr. Biden’s grasp emerged in the middle of Monday’s vote, when electors from states like Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania met to announce their votes. One by one, electors took their oath and voted, without exception, for Mr. Biden for President and for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for Vice President. 

The same happened in Arizona, Nevada, and Wisconsin. In the Badger State, Democratic Governor Tony Evers ended the session with a sigh of relief. “We made it,” Gov. Evers said, in the face of the laughter and applause of the electors.

In the State of Michigan, where officials had been alerted to “credible threats of violence,” and where supporters of President Trump planned to demonstrate nonetheless, the only mishap occurred as one of the electors did not attend the ceremony and was replaced by an alternate.

The suspense was short-lived, and ended when the new elector appeared on the screens with a mask that read the names of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. She didn’t vote against expectations either.

Trump Still Insists He Won

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a televised address to the nation, after the U.S. Electoral College formally confirmed his victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, from Biden’s transition headquarters at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 14, 2020.

At the same time that the Electoral College was performing its duties, the Wisconsin Supreme Court was dealing the final blow to the fraud complaints filed by Trump’s lawyers and supporters.

On behalf of the majority, conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn employed the use of a sports analogy when ruling against President Trump, saying he should not have waited until his election loss was announced to raise his complaints.

“Our laws allow the challenge flag to be thrown regarding various aspects of election administration,” Justice Hagedorn wrote. “The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began.”

With the defeat guaranteed in the vote of the Electoral College, President Trump continued, on Twitter, to make accusations of fraud. Now President Trump and his allies in the Republican Party have one last attempt to reverse Mr. Biden’s election at the joint session of Congress on January 6.

It is on this day when Electoral College votes will be counted and certified, and before the inauguration, scheduled for January 20. Nonetheless, that last attempt also has very minimal chances of going through.

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Vincent otegno

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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