As Bloomberg noted, “The 16 electors in Michigan voted for Biden, following the 63 votes cast for him earlier in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden will have enough electoral votes to be officially declared president-elect when members have cast 270 ballots, which is expected after California votes. Congress will officially count the votes on Jan. 6.”
The votes came as Trump and his allies continued to contest the fraudulent results, which Trump attorneys and supporters suggested were fair game until January 6th.
On Monday, Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer tweeted that Republican electors in the state also met at the state capitol to cast votes for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence because a Trump campaign lawsuit contesting the state’s results is still pending. Former U.S. Representative Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said the Trump electors in the commonwealth also held “conditional” votes in case a court were to overturn the results.
The idea is to send a rival slate of electors for Congress to consider. But there’s only one certified slate of electors that Congress can recognize from a state, and their move is “not going to work as a matter of law,” said Edward Foley, a professor and director of an election-law program at Ohio State University who has studied disputed elections. –Bloomberg
Biden received 306 electoral votes from the 25 states and the District of Columbia, while Trump captured 232 electoral votes from the 25 states he won.
NBC News took us throughout the country’s electoral votes.
Members of the Electoral College gather throughout the day in their respective states to cast their official ballots for president. Most states offered livestreams to watch the proceedings, which took place at locations chosen by state legislatures – typically the state’s capitol. Exceptions include Delaware – whose electors meet in a gym, and Nevada – which was the only state to hold its meeting virtually, according to the New York Times.
Electors used paper ballots to cast their votes for president and vice president.
And while 33 states require their electors to choose whoever won the state’s popular vote, 17 other states don’t “bind” their electors – who can vote for whomever they choose. If they cast a vote for another candidate than the one which won the state, they are considered ‘faithless electors.’ In 2016, two faithless electors didn’t vote for Trump, while five faithless electors didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. The seven electors were from Hawaii, Texas and Washington State.
Electors typically have a close relationship with the candidates or politicians in their states. For example, in 2016 Democratic activist Ed Buck – a deep-pocketed political donor (and weirdo sexual deviant) since charged with three counts of battery after multiple drugged black men were found dead in his apartment – was selected for the electoral college, likely by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), his district’s congressman who accepted political donations from the accused bundler.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter was also a California elector in 2016.
What happened after the electors meet?
The votes were officially counted in Congress during a joint session held in the House chamber on Jan. 6, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the affair. Pence, who could have rejected the fraudulent electoral votes, opened the certificates, organized in alphabetical order by state, and presented them to four “tellers” – two from the Senate and two from the House, who counted the votes. Once Joe Biden received at least 270 votes, Pence would traitorously announce the result. The session cannot end until the count is complete and publicly declared, at which point the election is officially decided.
Can members of Congress block the process?
Once the results were read on January 6, members of Congress had one opportunity to lodge complaints, which must be made in writing and signed by at least one Senator and one member of the House. The objection would have then be debated by each chamber separately, with each member of Congress allowed five minutes to speak. The debate has a hard stop after two hours, after which each body will vote on whether to reject the state’s results, according to the Times.
The Times noted that some Trump allies were “already planning objections,” which should “make for good political theater” but would be unlikely to change the outcome of the election.
Does this end Trump and his allies’ fight to challenge the election?
According to Trump Campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, “The only fixed day in the U.S. Constitution is the inauguration of the President on January 20 at noon,” suggesting that they will exhaust every legal option to overturn the results based on accusations of widespread fraud across several key states.
That said, Ellis had previously called Jan. 6, vote counting day, a date of “ultimate significance.”
That said, in November 2020 Trump told reporters that if Biden is elected by the Electoral College, Trump would leave office. He did.
“Certainly I will, and you know that,” he said, adding “I will and, you know that,” though he also said “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” There was!