WASHINGTON: The Electoral College gave Joe Biden the majority of his votes on Monday, confirming his victory in last month’s election in the state-by-state vote that took on additional importance this year due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit you lost.
California’s 55 electoral votes put Biden above, erasing the 270-vote mark that he claimed will be the nation’s next president.
In some states, increased security was in place when voters met that day by federal law. Voters voted paper ballots at meetings that took place across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with masks, social distancing, and other virus precautions on the agenda. The results will be sent to Washington and recorded in a January 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.
There was little suspense and no surprise as all the electoral votes awarded to Biden and Trump in last month’s popular vote went to each man.
In Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – the six battlefield states that Biden won and Trump contested – voters gave Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their votes Monday in low-key proceedings. Nevada voters met via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When all the votes were up, Biden should have had 306 electoral votes versus 232 for Trump. Hawaii it was the only state that had yet to vote. Biden surpassed Trump by more than 7 million votes nationwide.
“In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,” Biden said in a speech prepared for an evening address. “We, the people, have voted. He has kept faith in our institutions. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now is the time to move on. To merge. Heal. “Biden renewed his campaign promise to be a president for all Americans, whether they voted for him or not, and said the country has hard work to do on the virus and the economy.
Former Maryland state senator Gloria Lawlah, in a state Biden easily won, said the votes for the Democratic ticket were “a repudiation of hatred, a repudiation of division.” But not everyone was ready to say the election was over, even with the casting of electoral votes Trump refused to concede and continues to make unsupported fraud allegations.
There were concerns for the safety of voters, virtually unheard of in previous years. In Michigan, lawmakers on both sides reported receiving threats and legislative offices were closed for threats of violence. Biden won the state with 154,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, over Trump.
Georgia State Police were in force on Capitol Hill in Atlanta before Democratic voters pledged to have Biden meet. No demonstrators were seen.
Even with the Electoral College confirming Biden’s victory, some Republicans continued to refuse to acknowledge this reality. Yet their opposition to Biden had no practical effect on the electoral process, with the Democrat reportedly being sworn in on January 20.
Despite Biden’s victories in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, Republicans who would have been Trump’s voters still met. Pennsylvania Republicans said they cast a “procedural vote” for Trump and Pence in cases where courts that have repeatedly rejected Biden’s victory challenges were somehow yet to determine that Trump had won.
In North Carolina, Utah, and other states of the country where Trump won, his voters turned out to vote for him. Voters in North Carolina they checked the temperature before they could enter the Capitol to vote. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes retired as a Trump voter and was in quarantine because he was exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was defeated by Trump four years ago, were among New York’s 29 voters for Biden and Harris.
In New HampshireBefore the four state voters voted for Biden at the Concord State House, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. He had delivered a moving speech at the Democratic National Convention in August on the fight against stuttering that he shares with Biden.
Vermont voters were the first in the nation to vote on Monday and chose Biden and Harris.
Biden will address the nation on Monday evening after voters have voted. Trump, meanwhile, clings to his false claims that he has won the election and tries to undermine Biden’s presidency before it begins.
“No, I worry that the country has an illegitimate president, that’s what I’m worried about. A president who has lost and lost badly, “Trump said in an interview with Fox News that was taped Saturday.