Electors will gather in state capitols across the country today to formally vote for Joe Biden as the next U.S. president, effectively ending President Donald Trump’s contest to overturn the Nov. 3 election.
The Trump Campaign has levied claims of voter fraud in 6 states with 50 lawsuits. All were dismissed due to lack of evidence, leaving Trump with no recourse in the U.S. legal system to contest the vote. He then turned to state legislatures to continue that fight.
Trump proponents have pressed states to release electors that pledged for Joe Biden. Some 33 states prohibit faithless electors, and most other states void switched votes. There have been 165 faithless electors in US history, but this year the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rights of state legislatures to reject the votes of faithless electors.
Once the Electoral College vote is complete, Trump’s sole remaining gambit will be to convince Congress not to certify the elector's vote on Jan. 6. Federal law allows individual lawmakers to challenge states’ electoral votes, which prompts both the House of Representatives and the Senate to debate the objections before voting on whether to sustain them.
Concession and Chaos in Washington
Several people were stabbed in Washington DC on Saturday night as protests continue for and in behalf of President Donald Trump. His refusal to accept the election result, and perhaps even the electoral collage's vote, has triggered discussion in Washington DC as to his removal from the White House when his term officially ends on January 20, 2021 at 12:00pm.