The Electoral College gave Joe Biden the majority of votes on Monday, confirming his victory in last month’s state-run election, which gained momentum this year over President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit he lost.
The 55 electoral votes in California placed Biden at the top, eliminating the 270-vote mark that said he would be the next president of the nation.
Increased security was in place in some states, while voters met that day under federal law. Voters voted on paper at rallies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with masks, social distance and other anti-virus precautions on the agenda. The results will be sent to Washington and recorded at a joint January 6 session of Congress, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.
There was little suspense and no surprise, as all the electoral votes allocated to Biden and Trump in last month’s popular vote went to each man.
In Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – the six battlefields say Biden won and Trump challenged – voters voted for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday in discreet proceedings. Nevada voters met with Zoom over the coronavirus pandemic.
When all the votes are taken, Biden was expected to have 306 electoral votes against 232 for Trump. Hawaii was the only state that did not vote yet. Biden faced Trump with more than 7 million votes nationwide.
“In this battle for America’s soul, democracy prevailed,” Biden said in remarks prepared for an evening speech. “We, the people, voted. Belief in our institutions. The integrity of our choices remains intact. And so, now is the time to turn the page. To unite. Biden renewed his campaign promise to be president for all Americans, whether they voted for him or not, and said the country has a hard job ahead of it on the virus and the economy.
Former Maryland Senator Gloria Lawlah, in a state where Biden won easily, said the Democratic ballot was “a rejection of hatred, a rejection of division.” But not everyone was ready to say the election was over, even with the election. Trump has refused to admit and continues to make unacceptable allegations of fraud.
There have been concerns about voter safety, virtually unheard of in previous years. In Michigan, lawmakers on both sides reported receiving threats, and law offices were closed due to threats of violence. Biden won the state with 154,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, over Trump.
Georgia’s state police were in place at the Atlanta State Chapter before Democratic voters in Biden met. No protesters were seen.
Even with the Electoral College confirming Biden’s victory, some Republicans continued to refuse to acknowledge that reality. However, their opposition to Biden had no practical effect on the electoral process, with the Democrat due to take office on January 20.
Despite Biden’s gains in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Republicans who were allegedly Trump voters met anyway. Pennsylvania Republicans have said they have cast a “procedural vote” for Trump and Pence if the courts that have repeatedly rejected appeals to Biden’s victory should somehow rule that Trump won.
In North Carolina, Utah and other states across the country where Trump won, his constituents turned out to vote accordingly. Voters in North Carolina were checked for temperature before being allowed to enter the Capitol to vote. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has resigned as Trump and was quarantined because he was exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated four years ago, were among the 29 New York voters for Biden and Harris.
In New Hampshire, before the four state voters voted for Biden at the Concord State House, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington led the group in the Pledge of Loyalty. He gave an emotional speech at the August National Democratic Convention about the stuttering fight he shares with Biden.
Vermont voters were the first in the country to vote Monday and elected Biden and Harris.
Biden will address the nation on Monday night after voters vote. Meanwhile, Trump is clinging to his false claims that he won the election and is trying to undermine 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 and lost seriously, “Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday. (AP) AQS AQS