- The States certify their individual elections and assign electors on December 8th. The electors vote on December 14th.
- Congress will count the electoral college votes on Jan 6th in the presence of the House and Senate.
- The Election is in dispute if one of the candidates does not get 270 electoral college certified votes.
- If the Election is in dispute, Congress will appoint the President with each state getting one vote.
US President Donald Trump gave the green light for Joe Biden to gain access to crucial intelligence briefings, funds, and direct communication with top government officials. On whether he intends to make another presidential bid in 2024, Trump has declined to talk about related plans.
US President Donald Trump has said that he will leave office if the Electoral College declares Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential elections. He told this to reporters after his Thanksgiving Day address to US troops on Thursday.
According to the press, the President got 232 electoral votes compared to Joe Biden’s 306. However, it is the states that determine their own election not the press.
The states certify their election and assign electors on Dec 8th. If the election is in dispute, each state can assign electors through their legislature. The Electoral College is set to vote on December 14 from their state. Congress starts the 117th session with new members being sworn in on January 3rd. 2021. On January 6th, the presidential electoral votes are counted in the House Chamber with both Senate and House members present. If neither candidate has 270 certified votes, the election is in dispute. If the election is in dispute, the House will appoint the President with each state allowed one vote. The Senate will choose the Vice President.
Joe Biden Says He’ll Not Retaliate
There has been speculation that President-elect Joe Biden will attempt to reopen investigations into Trump’s alleged misdeeds both as president and as a regular US citizen, once he takes office. Biden has, however, refuted the claims and underlined that he has no intention to prosecute or investigate the incumbent president.
According to the former Vice President, the nation needs healing, and moving on would be a big step towards achieving this.
“I will not do what this president does and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happened. What I’m focused on is getting the American public back at a place where they have some certainty, some surety, some knowledge that they can make it,” he said during an interview with NBC News.
According to the Democratic politician, there is already a substantial number of state-level lawsuits filed against Trump, and they will be litigated independently and without his intervention.
“There are a number of investigations that I’ve read about that are at a state level. There’s nothing at all that I can or cannot do about that,” he said.
Some Democratic politicians, including Rep. Bill Pascrell, are against the decision and have called upon Biden to change tack. According to the politician, ignoring past transgressions will allow people in power to abuse their positions, stating, “He has engaged in treachery, in treason. Failure to hold financial and political wrongdoing accountable in the past has invited greater malfeasance by bad actors.”