clearn.png
Sunday September 19th, 2021 1:36AM

Electors meeting to formally choose Biden as next president

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential electors coast to coast were casting the votes Monday that will affirm Joe Biden as the nation's next president, a formality that took on added importance this year because of President Donald Trump's refusal to concede he lost his race for reelection.

Heightened security was in place in some states as electors in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — the six battleground states that Biden won and Trump contested — gave Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their votes Monday in low-key proceedings. Nevada’s electors met via Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday was the day set by law for the meeting of the Electoral College. Electors were casting paper ballots in gatherings that were taking place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with masks, social distancing and other virus precautions were the order of the day. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.

When all the votes are in, Biden is expected to have 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump. It takes 270 to be elected. In the popular vote count, Biden topped Trump by more than 7 million votes nationwide.

Former Maryland state Sen. Gloria Lawlah, in a state Biden won easily, said the votes for the Democratic ticket were “a repudiation of hate, a repudiation of divisiveness. It’s an affirmation of benevolence, an affirmation of unity.”

But not all Republicans were willing to say the election was over, even with the casting of electoral votes. Trump has refused to concede and continues to make unsupported allegations of fraud.

There have been concerns about safety for the electors, virtually unheard of in previous years. In Michigan, lawmakers from both parties reported receiving threats.

Legislative offices there were closed Monday over threats of violence. The 16 electors were to meet in the Senate chamber in a ceremony headed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Biden won the state by 154,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, over Trump.

Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, said the closures were made on recommendations from law enforcement “based on credible threats of violence.”

Georgia state police were out in force at the state Capitol in Atlanta before Democratic electors pledged to Biden met. There were no protesters to be seen less than a hour ahead of the meeting.

Even with the Electoral College's confirmation of Biden’s victory, some Republicans continued to refuse to acknowledge that reality. Yet their opposition to Biden had no practical effect on the electoral process, with the Democrat to be sworn in on Jan. 20.

Despite Biden’s wins in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Republicans who would have been Trump electors met anyway. Pennsylvania Republicans said they cast a “procedural vote” for Trump and Pence in case courts that have repeatedly rejected challenges to Biden’s victory were to somehow still determine that Trump had won.

In North Carolina, Utah and other states across the country where Trump won, his electors turned out to duly cast their ballots for him. Electors in North Carolina had their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the Capitol to vote.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated four years ago, were among New York's 29 electors for Biden and Harris.

In New Hampshire, before the state’s four electors voted for Biden at the State House in Concord, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. He had delivered a moving speech at the Democratic National Convention in August about the struggle with stuttering he shares with Biden.

Vermont’s electors were the first in the nation to vote Monday and they chose Biden and Harris.

Biden is to address the nation Monday night, after the electors have voted. Trump, meanwhile, is clinging to his false claims that he won the election, and trying to undermine Biden’s presidency before it begins.

“No, I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly,” Trump said in a Fox News interview that was taped Saturday.

Following weeks of Republican legal challenges that were easily dismissed by judges, Trump and Republican allies tried to persuade the Supreme Court last week to set aside 62 electoral votes for Biden in four states, which might have thrown the outcome into doubt.

The justices rejected the effort on Friday.

In 32 states and the District of Columbia, laws require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this arrangement in July.

Electors almost always vote for the state winner anyway because they generally are devoted to their political parties. There was no reason to expect any defections this year.

The Electoral College was the product of compromise during the drafting of the Constitution between those who favored electing the president by popular vote and those who opposed giving the people the power to directly choose their leader.

Each state gets a number of electors equal to its total number of seats in Congress: two senators plus however many members the state has in the House of Representatives. Washington, D.C., has three votes, under a constitutional amendment that was ratified in 1961. With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, states award all their Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular vote in their state.

The bargain struck by the nation's founders has produced five elections in which the president did not win the popular vote. Trump was the most recent example in 2016.

___

Associated Press writers across the United States contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP World News, AP Elections - Political Conventions
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Electors meeting to formally choose Biden as next president
Presidential electors are meeting across the United States on Monday to formally choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president
12:24AM ( 12 minutes ago )
US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign
Hackers broke into the networks of the Treasury and Commerce departments as part of a global cyberespionage campaign revealed just days after a leading  cybersecurity firm said it had been breached in an attack that industry experts said bore the hallmarks of Russian tradecraft
12:17AM ( 18 minutes ago )
No. 1 Stanford moves VanDerveer one victory from wins record
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer tied the late Pat Summitt as winningest women’s coach in NCAA Division I basketball history with 1,098 as the top-ranked Cardinal beat rival California 83-38
12:12AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
'External source' causes oil tanker blast off Saudi Arabia
A shipping firm says an explosion on a tanker off Saudi Arabia’s Jiddah port was caused by the ship being “hit from an external source.”
11:34PM ( 1 hour ago )
Report: Cleveland Indians changing name after 105 years
The Cleveland Indians are changing their name after 105 years
11:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump says he's nixing plan for early vaccine at White House
President Donald Trump says he's reversing an administration directive to vaccinate top government officials against COVID-19 while public distribution of the shot is limited to front-line health workers and people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
11:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Agent: Master spy writer John le Carre dies at 89
John le Carre, a spy turned novelist who became the preeminent writer of espionage fiction in English, has died aged 89
5:11PM ( 7 hours ago )
US looking into possible computer hacks of federal agencies
Hackers got into computers at the U.S. Treasury Department and possibly other federal agencies, touching off a government response involving the National Security Council
4:52PM ( 7 hours ago )
Vandals hit Black churches during weekend pro-Trump rallies
Vandals tore down a Black Lives Matter banner and sign from two historic Black churches in downtown Washington and set the banner ablaze as nighttime clashes on Saturday between pro-Donald Trump supporters and counterdemonstrators erupted into violence and arrests
4:19PM ( 8 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Some in White House getting early access to COVID-19 vaccine
Some White House officials who work in close proximity to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be offered coronavirus vaccines as soon as this week, while its public distribution is limited to front-line health workers and those in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
5:42PM ( 6 hours ago )
Loeffler campaign condemns photo with white supremacist
The campaign of Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is condemning a photo circulating on social media of her posing with a longtime white supremacist at a recent campaign event
5:19PM ( 7 hours ago )
US looking into possible Treasury Department computer hack
Hackers got into computers at the U.S. Treasury Department and possibly other federal agencies, touching off a government response involving the National Security Council
4:35PM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
EXPLAINER: What’s in store when the Electoral College meets
Voters cast their ballots for president more than a month ago, but the votes that officially matter will be cast Monday
12:09AM ( 1 day ago )
Biden's Homeland Security pick faces questions on 2015 probe
The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama
11:57PM ( 1 day ago )
American Legion, Pelosi joining calls for VA chief's ouster
The nation’s largest veterans organization and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are joining the growing calls for the ouster of President Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs chief
4:21PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Congress News
Protesters in Belarus keep pushing for leader's resignation
Crowds of people took to the streets on the Belarusian capital of Minsk in a weekly protest against the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in a disputed election
1:09PM ( 11 hours ago )
El Paso elects former mayor, defeating incumbent in runoff
El Paso residents have elected a new mayor
11:57AM ( 12 hours ago )
Tempers flare as Trump supporters rally in Washington
Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump returned to Washington for weekend rallies to back his desperate efforts to subvert the election that he lost to Joe Biden
12:12AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Elections
As he rails on election, Trump largely mum on toll of virus
President Donald Trump has highlighted lots of big numbers this week
12:22AM ( 2 days ago )
Trump says Supreme Court 'let us down' by rejecting lawsuit
President Donald Trump says the Supreme Court “really let us down” by rejecting a lawsuit to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory
12:09AM ( 2 days ago )
Paper apologizes for endorsing congressman backing overturn
A Florida newspaper is apologizing for endorsing the reelection of a Republican congressman who supported a lawsuit that tried to have the Supreme Court overthrow the presidential election
7:05PM ( 2 days ago )
General Election News
Tom Vilsack faces new challenges as he returns to old job
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Tom Vilsack to take back his old job at the Agriculture Department, saying his eight years of experience at the department under former President Barack Obama would ensure quicker help to rural and poor areas that are “reeling” from the pandemic and economic downturn
12:10AM ( 2 days ago )
Senate sends Trump defense bill he has vowed to veto
The Senate has approved a wide-ranging defense policy bill, sending it to President Donald Trump, despite his threat to veto it because the bill does not clamp down on big tech companies he claims were biased during the election
3:24PM ( 2 days ago )
In Arizona, Trump's false claims have torn open a GOP rift
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spent much of Donald Trump’s presidency trying not to provoke confrontation with the president or his fervent defenders
11:41AM ( 2 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign
Hackers broke into the networks of the Treasury and Commerce departments as part of a global cyberespionage campaign revealed just days after a leading  cybersecurity firm said it had been breached in an attack that industry experts said bore the hallmarks of Russian tradecraft
12:17AM ( 19 minutes ago )
No. 1 Stanford moves VanDerveer one victory from wins record
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer tied the late Pat Summitt as winningest women’s coach in NCAA Division I basketball history with 1,098 as the top-ranked Cardinal beat rival California 83-38
12:12AM ( 24 minutes ago )
'Explosive' Durant scores 15 in 1st preseason game with Nets
Kevin Durant scored 15 points in just under 24 minutes as Brooklyn defeated the Washington Wizards 119-114
11:47PM ( 49 minutes ago )
Bills improve to 10-3 with 26-15 win over sloppy Steelers
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and safety Taron Johnson returned an interception 51 yards for a score in the Buffalo Bills' 26-15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers
11:45PM ( 51 minutes ago )
'External source' causes oil tanker blast off Saudi Arabia
A shipping firm says an explosion on a tanker off Saudi Arabia’s Jiddah port was caused by the ship being “hit from an external source.”
11:34PM ( 1 hour ago )