President-elect Joe Biden has surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency. Today, California electors cast their state’s 55 Electoral college votes for Biden putting him over the 270 needed to win.
Electors will be casting their ballots on Monday in the Electoral College to formalize the winner of the 2020 Presidential election. Their votes will then be sent to Washington D.C. to be counted by Congress on January 6.
Despite Donald Trump’s many attempts at getting the votes thrown out, Biden has still managed to come out on top. Trump’s most recent cases were dismissed by a circuit court judge, however the Wisconsin Supreme Court has taken on the case. Trump refuses to concede the election. Also on Fridat, the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit that was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in attempt to stop electors in four key battleground states from voting.
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Biden is set to give a speech after all the electors have voted.
You may be wondering, why are they still voting after we already voted. Well this is how the election works. Election Day is always set the Tuesday that follows the first Monday in Novemeber. This year Election Day fell on Nov. 3. When you cast your ballot you are actually voting for an elector that is committed to supporting their choice for President and Vice President.
Each state counts all votes and certify them. All states have certified results. Each state has certified their votes, with California being the last to do so on Decemeber 11.
There are 538 electors, and the number from each state is based on population and is equal to the number of memebers of Congress the state has in the House and the Senate. All but two states, Maine and Nebraska give all their Electoral College votes to the candidate who got the most votes in the state. In this case Joe Biden has won more than enough of the electoral votes.
306 electors will vote for Biden and 232 will vote for Trump. You need 270 to become President of the United States. The electors will cast their ballots individually and on paper. Once they have voted they will count the votes and sign 6 certificares, known as the Certificates of the Vote. Those 6 copies are then sent via registered mail to Vice President Mike Pence, 2 are sent to the archivist and 1 is sent to the judge of the U.S. district court of the district in which the electors met.
Trump’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis made a statement:
“Despite the media trying desperately to proclaim that the fight is over, we will continue to champion election integrity until legal vote is counted fairly and accurately”