On Monday, the Electoral College will cast their votes in all 50 states and Washington DC to formally select Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. The electoral tally for Biden is far above the 270 needed for election, with a final count of 306 votes. President Trump’s final electoral votes stand at 232, although he has continually contested the results in several key states to no avail. Overall, Biden won by more than 7 million votes across the country. Thirty-two states’ laws require electors to vote based upon the popular vote winner.
The electors have received more press this year than in a normal election due to the ongoing refusal by Donald Trump to concede to Joe Biden. The tipping point for Trump came on Friday when the Supreme Court denied, for a second time last week, overturning results or getting involved in state elections. On January 6, in a joint session which will be presided over by Vice President Mike Pence, Congress will officiate the electoral votes to declare Joe Biden as president. President-elect Biden is planning to address the country on Monday night when the electoral vote is complete.
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