Electors will meet in every of the U.S.’s States and the District of Columbia to forged their votes on Monday and are anticipated to vote in favour of the Presidential candidate who gained the favored vote of their respective States. Normally a low-key affair, this yr the method has garnered particular consideration with U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly making unsubstantiated claims that large-scale voter fraud had resulted in his challenger, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, profitable the election. Mr. Biden is anticipated to safe 306 electoral votes in opposition to Mr. Trump’s 232, additional attenuating the efforts of Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn the election.
Trump supporters and anti-Trump activists clashed on Saturday in cities throughout the nation, leading to 4 stabbings in Washington DC and one capturing in Washington State. This was prompted by the Supreme Court dismissing a lawsuit filed by the State of Texas in search of to invalidate the electoral consequence in key swing States gained by Mr. Biden.
Late on Sunday evening (Washington time), Mr. Trump tweeted claims of election fraud and appeared to threaten electors with prosecution.
“Swing States that have found massive VOTER FRAUD, which is all of them, CANNOT LEGALLY CERTIFY these votes as complete & correct without committing a severely punishable crime,” he wrote in a publish that additionally contained different unsubstantiated claims about large-scale electoral fraud.
“Therefore, VOTES CANNOT BE CERTIFIED. THIS ELECTION IS UNDER PROTEST!” Mr. Trump stated. Twitter tagged the remark with a ‘disputed’ label.
The Electoral College will meet in teams throughout States – normally within the Capitol constructing beginning on Monday morning.
How the Electoral College votes
The Electoral College is a constitutionally mandated physique arrange to elect the President of the United States. Electors are chosen by political events who’ve fielded a candidate within the presidential election (they can’t be federal officers or members of Congress). These people are usually long-time get together or candidate loyalists and generally political hopefuls themselves — they’re unlikely to vote opposite to the licensed consequence of the favored vote of their State. This has, nonetheless, occurred earlier than, together with in 2016 when some ‘faithless electors’ turned in opposition to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in States the place every of those candidates had gained the favored vote. In July this yr, the Supreme Court dominated that it was constitutional for States to have legal guidelines eradicating or penalising ‘faithless electors’. Thirty two States have legal guidelines in opposition to ‘faithless’ voting.
Both homes of the (new) U.S. Congress will convene on January 6 to depend the votes of the Electoral College in a session presided over by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence. For an objection to any State’s vote to maintain, it should first be supported by no less than one Senator and one Representative (member of the U.S. House). Any objection is then debated by every chamber of Congress individually. For the objection to undergo each homes should vote in favour of it. This is very unlikely to occur on condition that the House is managed by Democrats and that a number of Republicans within the Senate are of the view that Mr. Biden is the winner of the election.