Individuals went to the polls within the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 3, however on Monday the Electoral Faculty will meet to forged its votes — one of many final steps to formally set up a president earlier than Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
The voters within the Electoral Faculty are empowered by the Structure to pick out the subsequent commander in chief — and President-elect Joe Biden is predicted to emerge with 306 electoral votes to President Trump’s 232.
It takes 270 to win the presidency.
Right here’s what it is advisable know concerning the course of
What time does it start?
The vote begins at 10 a.m. EST Monday and continues by the day as every state goes by the method. New York meets at midday, whereas California gained’t meet till 5 p.m. Jap.
Will it’s broadcast and live-streamed?
Various information shops, together with CNN, CNN.com and C-Span will carry the votes. Many states will even have livestreams, together with Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, the place the outcomes have been contested within the courts.
Why December 14?
The electors by legislation meet on the primary Monday after the second Wednesday in December, offering sufficient time to resolve any disputes concerning the Nov. 3 election.
The place do the electors meet and what to they do?
The electors meet in locations dictated by their state legislatures — most frequently the state capital. Nevada will meet nearly.
Every of the 538 electors casts a vote for president and one for vice chairman. These votes are counted and licensed and mixed with the governor’s vote totals. All 50 states have licensed their votes. Copies are then despatched to the US Senate, the state’s secretary of state, and the Nationwide Archives and Information Administration.
Have they got to vote for the candidate who gained their state?
Legal guidelines in 32 states and the District of Columbia require electors to vote for the candidate who gained the favored vote of their state. However 17 states enable electors to vote for his or her selection. The US Supreme Courtroom dominated in July that “faithless electors” who don’t forged votes for the candidate they have been pledged to help might be punished by the state.
Who’re the electors?
Often they’re political hopefuls, loyalists and elected officers chosen by their events.
Why is there a lot curiosity this yr?
Often the electoral voters meet each 4 years with out the inordinate quantity of consideration the assembly has gained this yr. Trump has but to concede the election to Biden, and thru his authorized crew or Republican allies, has disputed the leads to the courts.
Why is there an Electoral Faculty?
The nation’s founders sought a compromise between the favored vote and having Congress select the president. The Structure permits every state various electors equal to their seats in Congress. Aside from Maine and Nebraska, states give all of their votes to the winner of the favored vote of their state.
Twice within the final 20 years, the winner of the favored vote misplaced to the winner of the Electoral Faculty — Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and President George W. Bush over Al Gore in 2000.
What occurs subsequent?
The electoral votes are counted by the Home and Senate on Jan. 6. If a member of both chamber objects to the vote, the Home and Senate meet individually for debate. However to maintain the objection, each chambers should vote to take action. That’s unlikely to occur within the Democratic-controlled Home.
The Inauguration is on Jan. 20.
With Submit wires