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    Mirroring the popular choice of their states, the 538 electors are expected to hand Biden 306 electoral votes - way above the victory threshold of 270 - with Trump getting the remaining 232 endorsements.

    The US Electoral College convenes on Monday in state capitals across the country.

    Electoral voting takes place in state capitals on the 41st day after the presidential vote - on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. According to the 12th amendment (1804) to the constitution, electors vote separately for the president and for the vice-president. To be elected, a candidate must gain an absolute majority (50 percent + 1), which is, at least 270 votes.

    Votes are then tallied and sent to the US Congress for verification at a joint session presided over by the incumbent Vice-President Mike Pence on 6 January.

    Each state elects as many electors as it has representatives in Congress (there are 535 people in Congress - 100 senators and 435 congressmen). The District of Columbia has three electors. Thus, the Electoral College consists of 538 people.

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      Hawaii Electors Cast 4 Votes For Biden, Wrapping Up Electoral College Vote

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    • 22:20

      Biden Leads Trump 247-232 After Electors Vote in 48 US States, Capital - Reports

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump with 247 to 232 as more US states cast their electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

      According to the CNN tally, 48 states and the District of Columbia have completed their Electoral College meetings with no "faithless" voters recorded. Three more states are to hold votes later on Monday.

      Trump received the electoral votes from Alabama (9), Alaska (3), Arkansas (6), Florida (29), Idaho (4), Indiana (11), Iowa (6), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8) Mississippi (6), Missouri (10), Montana (3), North Carolina (15), North Dakota (3), Ohio (18) Oklahoma (7), South Carolina (9), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (38), Utah (6), West Virginia (5), and Wyoming (3).

      Electors in Arizona (11), Colorado (9), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Georgia (16), Illinois (20), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11) Michigan (16), Minnesota (10), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), New Jersey (14), New Mexico (5), New York (29), Pennsylvania (20), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), Virginia (13), Washington (12), Wisconsin (10) and Oregon (7) gave the states electoral votes to Biden.

      Three votes from Maine went to Biden and one to Trump. Nebraska, another state allowed to split its electoral slate, added four votes to Trump and one to Biden.

    • 22:09

      Oregon Gives 7 Electoral Votes to Biden

    • 21:41

      Montana Casts 3 Electoral Votes For Trump

    • 21:12

      Massachusetts Electors Cast 11 Votes for Biden

    • 21:06

      Missouri Casts 10 Electoral Votes For Trump

    • 20:58

      Texas Electors Support Trump With 38 Votes

    • 20:42

      New Jersey Casts 14 Electoral Votes For Biden

    • 20:40

      Washington State Electors Cast 12 Votes For Biden

    • 20:30

      Nebraska Gives 4 Electoral Votes to Trump, 1 to Biden

    • 20:29

      Alaska Casts 3 Electoral Votes For Trump

    • 20:22

      Maine Electors Cast 3 Votes For Biden, 1 For Trump

      Maine and Nebraska are the only two US states that allow their electoral votes to be split based on congressional district.

    • 20:19

      North Dakota Casts 3 Electoral Votes For Trump

    • 20:18

      Wyoming Electors Cast 3 Votes For Trump

    • 20:03

      Minnesota Casts 10 Electoral Votes For Biden

    • 20:02

      Electors in West Virginia Support Trump With 5 Votes

    • 20:01

      Idaho Electors Cast 4 Votes For Trump

    • 19:59

      Colorado Casts 9 Electoral Votes For Biden

    • 19:57

      Electors in Alabama Support Trump With 9 Votes

    • 19:53

      Louisiana Electors Cast 8 Votes For Trump

    • 19:52

      6 Electoral Votes From Utah Go For Trump

    • 19:50

      US Battleground State of Michigan's Electors Cast 16 Votes For Biden

    • 19:49

      New Mexico Gives 5 Electoral Votes to Biden

    • 19:47

      Florida's 29 Electors Wrap Up Voting by Supporting Trump

    • 19:30

      Georgia Republicans Hold Alternative Electoral Vote for Trump

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Republicans in the US state of Georgia held an alternative electoral vote for the incumbent President Donald Trump in a symbolic gesture to challenge the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s win in their state since the election is still disputed, state Republican leader David Shafer said on Monday.

      "Because the President’s lawsuit contesting the Georgia election is still pending, the Republican nominees for Presidential Elector met today at noon at the State Capitol today and cast their votes for President and Vice President," Shafer said via Twitter.

    • 18:51

      Kansas Casts Its Six Electoral Votes For Trump

    • 18:50

      South Dakota's Three Electors Vote For Trump

    • 18:50

      Maryland's Ten Electors Cast Their Votes For Biden

    • 18:24

      Kentucky Casts Its Eight Electoral Votes For Trump

    • 18:23

      Ohio's Electors Cast Their 18 Votes For Trump

    • 18:19

      US Battleground State of Wisconsin's 10 Electors Cast Votes For Biden

      The US state of Wisconsin on Monday gave its 10 electoral votes to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reaffirming the popular vote in the state.

      Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the results, which mirrored that of the electors vote in 21 other US states - including the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia – that completed their Electoral College meetings earlier in the day.

      Biden leads Trump 146 to 97 after the electors in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin gave their votes.

      Overall, 538 electors will vote on Monday in the 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

    • 18:17

      Battleground States of Pennsylvania, Arizona Confirm Biden’s Win in Electoral Vote

      Electors from Pennsylvania and Arizona, the key battleground states and focal points of US President Donald Trump’s bid to reverse his re-election defeat, confirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race.

      By handing Biden 20 and 11 endorsements, respectively, Pennsylvania and Arizona mirrored their popular vote like the 15 other states that already completed their Electoral College meetings.

      Biden leads Trump 119 to 56 after Pennsylvania, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Georgia, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont cast their electoral votes.

      Overall, 538 electors will vote on Monday in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

    • 18:12

      Rhode Island Casts Its Four Electoral Votes For Biden

    • 18:12

      Virginia's 13 Electors Cast Their Votes For Biden

    • 17:47

      Connecticut Casts Its Seven Electoral Votes For Biden

    • 17:46

      Pennsylvania's Electors Cast 20 Votes for Joe Biden

    • 17:44

      Electors in Arizona Cast 11 Votes For Biden

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      Georgia's Electors Cast 16 Votes For Biden, Official Results Show

    • 17:21

      Early Voting Begins for Key US Senate Races in State of Georgia, Governor Says

      Early in-person voting has begun for two US Senate races in the state of Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement on Monday.

      "Advance voting for the January 5th Run-Off Election is underway and it's time to Get Out The Vote for Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue," Kemp said via Twitter.

      Democrats must win both Senate races if they want to control the upper chamber of Congress.

      Two victories on January 5th would split the Senate 50-50 and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, once sworn in, would become the president of the chamber, giving her the tie-breaking vote.

       

    • 17:20

      Seven US States Cast Electoral Votes for President

      Electors in the first seven US states on Monday have cast their votes that mirrored the states' popular vote.

      According to a CNN tally, after Electoral College meetings in Indiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, Oklahoma and Illinois, incumbent President Donald Trump was given 35 electoral votes and his Democratic rival Joe Biden was given 27 electoral votes.

      Overall, the 538 electors are to vote on Monday in the 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

    • 17:06

      Delaware Casts Its Three Electoral Votes For Biden

    • 16:53

      Nevada's Six Electors Virtually Cast Their Votes For Biden

      Nevada, a key battleground state and a focal point of US President Donald Trump’s bid to overturn his election defeat, has officially awarded its six electoral votes to the Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

      Nevada electors mirrored the popular vote like 11 other states that have already finished their Electoral College meetings.

      Trump and Biden have received 56 and 36 endorsements respectively so far, after electoral votes in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont had been cast.

      Overall, the 538 electors are to vote on Monday in 50 US states and the District of Columbia. Biden is expected to receive 306 votes - way above the victory threshold of 270 - with Trump getting the remaining 232 endorsements.

    • 16:50

      Iowa's Six Electors Cast Their Votes For Trump

    • 16:49

      South Carolina Casts Its Nine Electoral Votes for Trump

    • 16:43

      Arkansas Casts Its Six Electoral Votes for Trump

    • 16:42

      Illinois Casts Its 20 Electoral Votes for Biden

    • 16:36

      Oklahoma's Seven Electoral Votes Cast for Trump

    • 16:35

      Mississippi Casts Its Six Electoral Votes for Trump

    • 16:18

      Indiana Casts 11 Electoral Votes for Trump

    • 16:07

      New Hampshire's Four Electoral Votes Cast for Biden

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      Tennessee Casts Its 11 Electoral Votes for Donald Trump

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      US Electoral College Convenes to Formally Seal Biden's Victory

      The US Electoral College started gathering on Monday across the country to cast their votes in one of the last procedural milestones of the presidential race, which is set to reaffirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

      Mirroring the popular choices of their states, the 538 electors are expected to hand the Democratic candidate 306 votes - far above the victory threshold of 270 - with the Republican incumbent Donald Trump getting the remaining 232 endorsements. Electoral College meetings are taking place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

      Electors were appointed in advance by both main parties and include acting and retired officials or aspiring politicians, such as former President Bill Clinton in New York, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Georgia former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

      Those who pledged for the Republican incumbent meet in capitals of states carried by Trump, while Biden’s electors are summoned for voting where the Democratic candidate emerged victorious, as per a certified popular tally. Moreover, in 32 states and the District of Columbia, local laws explicitly require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, an arrangement upheld by the Supreme Court in July.

      Each elector casts two paper ballots - one for President and the other one for Vice President. Votes are then tallied and sent to US Congress for verification at a joint session presided over by the incumbent Vice President Mike Pence on January 6.

      Federal lawmakers can raise objections, but it would take a bicameral majority for the dissenting opinion to matter, an unlikely outcome with the Democratic-led House of Representatives and the Senate controlled by Republicans.

      While Biden is already widely referred to as  president-elect and busy with the transition, Trump refuses to concede and disputes the validity of the election, accusing his rivals of massive fraud. Trump's bid to overturn his defeat suffered a major setback last Friday, when the US Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit seeking to bar Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, whose votes tipped the scales in favor of Biden, from participating in the Electoral College.

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