According to Reuters, on December 14, local time, a total of 538 electors from the U.S. Electoral College cast their electoral votes in accordance with the results of the state elections. They formally elected the U.S. President and Vice President, confirming that Democrat Biden won the U.S. election and became the next The President of the United States.
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In the battlefield states that have received much attention-Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona, the electoral college members voted for Biden’s electoral votes in that state.
The Electoral College voting is traditionally a “routine,” but because the Trump camp claimed fraud in the election, this year’s Electoral College voting has become a lot of attention. This time Biden finally sealed the victory, marking the Trump camp’s efforts to overthrow the election result was frustrated.
The Electoral College vote will determine Trump’s “fate”, experts worry that the United States may have armed conflict in the future
On the 14th local time, the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. will hold an electoral college vote to officially confirm Biden as the next president of the United States. Traditionally, this vote is just a symbolic procedure, but because the current US President Trump and his allies have consistently denied and tried to overturn the results of this year’s election, this year’s Electoral College vote is particularly interesting. On the Fox News program broadcast on the 13th, Trump said: “The matter is not over yet. We will continue (challenging the election results).” The supporter of the US president did not give up, not only with Trump’s opposition. They clashed and even angered the Republican Party, threatening that if the party does not support Trump, they will destroy the party. Some experts worry that there may be armed conflicts in the United States in the future.
The vote that determines Trump’s “fate”
According to CNN and “New York Times” media reports on the 13th, state electors will use paper ballots to elect the president and vice president on Monday. The voting time varies from state to state. Some states vote at 10 am, but most states vote in the afternoon. Voting is usually in the State Capitol, Delaware electors will meet in a stadium, and Nevada will hold online voting. Most states provide live broadcasts of the election process. There are security measures around the state capitols to prevent riots.
Biden won 306 electoral votes in this year’s general election, far more than the 270 votes required to enter the White House. Trump only got 232 votes. According to the New York Times, the laws of 33 states and Washington, D.C. require electors to vote according to the state’s general election results, so there should be no surprises in these places. Another 17 states do not restrict electors to vote, which means they can vote for people of their choice. According to Agence France-Presse, since 1948, 16 electors in the United States have not voted in accordance with the results of the general election in their state. CNN previously commented that Monday’s Electoral College vote will test the resilience of the US political system and determine Trump’s fate.
According to the procedure, the voter will be counted after the vote, and the voter has to sign a certificate proving the result. These certificates will match the certificates provided by the governor’s office that announce the total number of votes in the state. These certificates are in six copies and sent to Vice President Pence who is the Speaker of the Senate, the secretaries of states and others. On January 6, next year, both houses of Congress will hold a joint meeting to formally count the electoral votes and announce the winner. At this point, the procedure for the election of the new U.S. president is considered complete.
Republicans plan to challenge voting results
Trump still has no plans to admit defeat. In an interview with Fox News, he emphasized that the matter is not over yet and he will continue to fight. Trump tweeted on the 13th that this year’s election is the most corrupt election in U.S. history. “With corruption and irregularities recorded throughout the entire process, how do states (governments) and politicians confirm the election?” The president also spread grievances on some Republicans, asking them why they accepted “stupid mailed votes,” and accused some Republicans of allowing Democrats to openly “deceive” the people in an attempt to “steal” the election results. The US Supreme Court and Attorney General Barr did not escape the president’s complaints. Trump said that the Supreme Court had disappointed him and asked Barr why he didn’t announce that the justice department was investigating Biden’s son before the election.
According to a Reuters report on the 14th, once the Electoral College has voted, Trump has only one way to overturn the results of the election, and that is to prevent Congress from confirming the vote count on January 6. The New York Times explained that the electoral vote counting process does not allow debate, but after the results are announced, members of Congress can object to the results in writing. The two houses will debate the objections separately, and then vote to decide whether to reject the result of the contested election.
Conservative U.S. House of Representatives and Republican Brooks vowed to raise an objection when Congress deliberated on the voting results next month. However, many media said that this approach is unlikely to succeed. An objection must be passed by a simple majority in both houses of Congress before it can be established. The Democrats control the House of Representatives, so Brooks is doomed to fail there. In the Senate, many Republicans have declared Biden the president-elect.
Conflicts in multiple gatherings
Around the dispute over the election results, the tearing apart of American politics and society has reached an extremely serious degree. According to US media reports, Trump supporters marched in some US cities on the 12th to protest the results of the presidential election. Later that day, a far-right group clashed with anti-Trump activists in Washington, DC. Four people were stabbed and required hospitalization. The police arrested 23 people. Violent incidents also occurred in Olympia, the capital of Washington state. During the conflict, one person was shot and three were arrested. In protests against the election results in Washington, D.C., Trump supporters even threatened that if the Republican Party does not do everything in its power to keep Trump in power, they will destroy the Republican Party.
“Washington Post” commented that Trump’s allegations of “election fraud” added fuel to potential violence. Michigan is one of the most polarized states in the United States. In recent days, tensions in the state have reached a boiling point. Cynthia Johnson, an African-American Rep. from Detroit, revealed that she was repeatedly threatened with violence, including threats to lynch her. Some experts said that under the influence of Trump, incidents of threats and intimidation against officials are increasing at the state and local levels. Fisher, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, said that now it is not just people accusing each other on social media, but even taking up arms. She believes that the United States is at risk of armed conflict.
According to a report from the Financial Times on the 14th, senior Republicans worry that Trump’s refusal to accept the election results and his attitude of encouraging supporters to protest may undermine the party’s efforts to canvass for two senator candidates in Georgia. Republicans such as Louisiana Senator Cassidy called on Trump to accept the election results, “If there is an internal division, our country, our conservative movement, and our party will not be able to stand up. For these reasons, it’s here. At some point we must unite.”