Electoral College officially casts majority of votes for Biden

by Peter Heck · Dec 14th, 2020 11:54 pm

Last Updated Dec 21st, 2020 at 12:23 pm

The meetings of the electors from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, known as the Electoral College, cast their official votes for President and Vice-President of the United States throughout the day Monday. The electoral vote always takes place on the Monday after the 2nd Wednesday in December, according to the timeline specified in the Constitution.

As expected, the electors voted according to the announced results from their respective states, giving Joe Biden the 306-232 majority necessary to become the next president.

The results are not authorized until Congress convenes and formally certifies the tally on January 6th of 2021.

Monday's vote came as the Trump campaign continues to press legal challenges in key swing states. Trump allies even convened their own alternative slate of electors to cast their votes in five contentious battleground states, hoping that if the courts eventually ruled in their favor, their rival slate of electoral votes could be certified.

"As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we're going to send those results up to Congress," Trump senior aide Stephen Miller explained. "This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open."

Those legal avenues are becoming increasingly narrow, with some House Republicans even discussing the last-ditch effort of refusing to certify the electoral vote on January 6th by raising an objection. If that occurred, the two houses of Congress would vote on the objection and whether or not to certify the Electoral College totals.

Only if both houses upheld the objection and rejected the Electoral College vote would the House of Representatives decide the outcome. Otherwise, Biden's 306-232 margin would be confirmed.


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