Explained: Four landmarks from Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory

From: New York Times |

December 15, 2020 11:40:44 AM

President-elect Joe Biden speaks after the Electoral College officially elected him president on Monday, December 14, 2020, at the Queen’s Theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP photo: Patrick Semansky)

Written by Shane Goldmacher and Adam Nagourney

Some voters received police escorts. Some cast their ballots in an undisclosed location. Some have attracted a nationwide audience for what is usually a procedural and obscure constitutional undertaking. Most wore masks and followed the rules of social distance in relation to the coronavirus pandemic that defined this long campaign.

And finally, President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential race was confirmed on Monday, as he surpassed the 270 votes the Electoral College needed to move into the White House next month. despite President Donald Trump’s relentless promotion of conspiracy theories and attacks. on the integrity of the results.

All voters on key battlefields, whose results challenged Trump, offered their support for Biden.

Here are four commercials about the longer-term effects of Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome, Biden’s victory and the future of the democratic process in the United States.

Biden wins, again

Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States.

It may not sound like news to those of you who have watched the events of the past five weeks, given that Biden defeated Trump by more than 7 million votes. But the elections did not end completely until the Electoral College is weighed and that took place on Monday. It has fallen aptly into the hands of California – a state at the center of opposition to the president – to place Trump’s Democratic challenger.

The question now is how will Republicans who refused to acknowledge the election result answer this surprising news. Many, including Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, had argued that the race had simply been called by the press and not yet by the Electoral College. They used this reasoning to refuse to consider Biden as the president-elect, much less to meet with him.

Such an argument is now much more difficult to formulate. “Now is the time to turn the page,” Biden is expected to say in a speech Monday night.

Democracy prevailed, but at an excellent price

Yes, the majority of voters voted for Biden.

But Monday began with a top White House adviser, Stephen Miller, who told Fox News that there was a “fraudulent election result” and said “an alternative list of voters” in the disputed states would vote and vote. send the results to Congress from the lost president claims.

Miller is not alone; much of the Republican Party still refuses to fully and publicly acknowledge the election results, even though they were certified by all 50 states, Electoral College voters voted, and the Supreme Court refused to hear a legal appeal that Trump he teased it as “perhaps the most important case in history.”

Democracy is fragile and is based on public trust. And while the outcome of this year’s race has been confirmed, the sour messages of Trump and his allies threaten to weaken the pillars of the institutions that hold elections in America.

“The greatest danger to America is the naive belief that there is something unique that guarantees that America will remain a democratic civil society,” Stuart Stevens, a longtime Republican strategist who became a critical critic of Trump, said on Twitter. “A large part of a major party has turned against democracy. It’s stupid to think that has no consequences. “

There are some dissidents. Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell, who is stepping down as Republican leader, said Monday that despite voting for Trump last month, he resigned from the party for the remainder of his term, halted by efforts to overthrow the election.

“I believe that gross political considerations, not constitutional or voting integrity concerns, motivate many in the party leadership to support efforts to ‘stop the theft’, which is extremely disappointing for me,” he wrote in a letter. open to party leaders.

The system has survived the messy reporting of 2000 and two presidents elected in the 21st century, despite losing the popular vote. There were a few “faithless” voters, albeit finally meaningless, in 2016. The great unknown is the cumulative impact of those past struggles and the subsequent erosion of this year’s democratic norms in the next inevitably closed and contested elections. šŸ“£ Follow Express Explained on Telegram

Joe Biden, Joe Biden Electoral College votes, US presidency Joe Biden, US election results, Donald Trump, Indian Express Voter Fenika Miler signs ballot for President-elect Joe Biden, while voters in Georgia cast their votes for the Georgia State Capitol Electoral College on December 14, 2020, in Atlanta, where 16 votes cast for the Electoral College for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. (The New York Times: Nicole Craine)

Who knew? This is what the meetings of the Electoral College look like

“I hope you can see me smiling behind the mask.”

These words from Nancy Mills, president of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, came on Monday at the end of the Pennsylvania election, after the state gave the 20 votes of the Electoral College to Biden and elected vice president Kamala Harris. Biden defeated Trump there by about 81,000 votes.

Mills served as the official chairman of the Pennsylvania Electoral College delegation. In almost any other presidential election, her role in history would be ceremonial and, above all, unnoticed.

Not this year. One of the many unusual things about these elections was that Americans were able to see – and wanted to see – what is usually a postscript for election day. As of Monday morning, voter delegations have begun gathering in states across the nation, procedures broadcast live video or even on television.

Due to the pandemic, the members of the Electoral College respected the rules of social distance and wore masks. But the country could see the solemnity and ceremony that accompany the process even in years when no one is watching. Appointment of officers for that day. Distribution of secret ballots. Waiting for the official count.

The Pennsylvania vote was uninterrupted. But Mills alluded to the drama that hung over the day when he ended the trial.

“We are the state that put Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris above the threshold of 270 Electoral College,” she said. “We are the state that has restored the dignity and honor of the United States of America.”

Joe Biden, Joe Biden Electoral College votes, US presidency Joe Biden, US election results, Donald Trump, Indian Express President-elect Joe Biden leaves an event in which he introduced candidates and nominees to his administration in Wilmington, Del., On Friday, December 11, 2020. (The New York Times: Hilary Swift)

Republicans (still) resist reality

Inside the Georgia Capitol, Democratic voters gathered on the floor of the state Senate to vote for Biden as president and Harris as vice president, the first time the state has voted democratically in 28 years.

“Today we will fulfill our constitutional duty,” said Nikema Williams, president of Georgia’s Democratic Party and a congressional voter, as she called the meeting to order.

Elsewhere in the Capitol, a group of Republicans gathered for a shady ceremony, anointing their own list of pro-Trump voters. The group’s vote had no real influence on the Electoral College’s account. David Shafer, president of the Republican Party of Georgia, explained the non-voters’ vote as an attempt to keep Trump’s legal options open.

“If we had not met today and voted, the president’s pending election contest would have been effectively debated,” he wrote on Twitter.

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