US Electoral College to Confirm Result of US Election 2020

Today, Wednesday 6th January, at 18:00 GMT, the US Congress will meet to tally the Presidential Election Electoral College votes. This is an important even as it is the final step in confirming the next President of the United States.

In accordance with the results of the election in each of the 50 States, 306 Electoral College votes will be count for Biden and 232 for Trump and, as a result of that, Joe Biden will then be sworn in as President in a fortnight at midday (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday 20th June

Normally, the tally of Electoral College votes is straight forward but, on this occasion, it is expected that the Republican Part will make one last effort to derail Biden's confirmation.

We can expect at least one Republican member from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate to submit an objection to the Electoral College vote. If that happens both houses must go into recess and debate and vote on the objections raised.

This is President Trump's last opportunity to remain President. However, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi has stated, “Unless both the House and Senate vote to reject the Electoral count for the state in question, the objection is rejected,” “We then reconvene and proceed to the next state in the roll call.” This would mean, in practice, that although the result if the Electoral College vote may be delayed briefly, the rest will remain the same - Trump's loss and confirmation of Biden as President Elect.

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