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US Electoral College Confirms Joe Biden Has Won The Presidential Election

Stewart Perrie

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US Electoral College Confirms Joe Biden Has Won The Presidential Election

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The US electoral college is one step closer to finalising the 2020 election process, having confirmed Joe Biden as the winner.

The Democratic Party candidate has received 306 electoral college votes - more than the 270 needed to take over the White House. California, one of the last states to vote on Monday (14 December), pushed him past the 270-vote threshold thanks to its 55 electors.

However, this wasn't a smooth process in some areas. Members of Michigan's electoral college were not allowed to gather in one place to cast their ballot due to security concerns.

Representative for the state's 23rd district, Darrin Camilleri, said on Twitter: "Due to safety concerns for tomorrow's electoral college vote, the entire legislature is closed and will be working remotely.

"I'm thankful for the courage of our electors who will be exercising their democratic duty and selecting our next President."

According to The Daily Dot, some electors have also been sent death threats.

Congress will meet on 6 January to formally count the ballots from the electoral college, before the President-elect is sworn into office on 20 January.

The electoral college is a term used to describe the official 538 Presidential electors, who provide their official votes for President and Vice President during the country's presidential elections, which take place every four years.

Each state has a different number of electors, depending on how many representatives it has and in addition to its two senators - although no state can have fewer than three electors.

The electors usually vote for the winner of the popular vote in their state; however in some states the vote is based on the popular vote in each congressional district. It is possible for electors to vote against the popular vote (dubbed 'faithless electors') but in some states this can result in a fine.

Topics: News, US Election

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