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Biden projected to become 46th President

Electoral votes to be cast Dec. 14

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Nov 8, 2020

Saturday morning, Nov. 7, the Associated Press called the presidential election after three full days of counting ballots following the Nov. 3 election.

Several states were at issue as absentee and mail-in ballots had yet to be counted, issues with the United States Postal Service surfaced, and President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits questioning the results and demanding a recount.

The vote tally was close until the state of Georgia was projected for former vice president Joe Biden, at which point Biden’s electoral vote tally of 284 to Trump’s 214 created a spread Trump would not be able to recover unless a recount of several states flipped them to his side. The 2020 presidential election was the 59th in U.S history.

Estherville Lincoln Central High School social studies teacher Alan Kies said to his government class Friday that counting every ballot matters in more than the presidential election, but filters to congressional, state legislative and local elections.

The Twelfth Amendment to the U.S Constitution, ratified in 1804, established the Electoral College.

The Electoral College electors formally cast their electoral votes on the first Monday after Dec. 12 at their state’s capital. This year it takes place Dec. 14. Congress certifies these results in early January, (Jan. 6, 2021) and the presidential term begins on Inauguration Day, which has been set at Jan. 20 since the passage of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

While many grew impatient with the time it took to count ballots in 2020, Inauguration Day took place March 4 up until 1937 because it took so long to count ballots.

If the president is not chosen by Inauguration Day, the vice-president-elect acts as president. If neither are chosen by then, Congress by law determines who shall act as president, according to the 20th Amendment.

President Trump’s re-election campaign has filed up to a dozen legal challenges in several battleground states. The president has not conceded the election to former Vice President Biden, and began court fights immediately, the president said, “to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”

So far, judges have ruled against campaign suits in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan. The latest suit was filed in Maricopa County, Arizona, the most populous county in the state. The Trump campaign has also requested a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden has not yet made a victory speech, but in a statement Saturday said he would be a president for all Americans, whether or not they voted for him.