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US electoral college to convene, declare President elect

Washington: The US Electoral College would convene on Monday in state capitals across the country to decide the country’s next President.

It is widely expected that Democratic Party contender Joe Biden would be endorsed as the next President as incumbent Donald Trump’s legal challenges to the poll results were not upheld.

The 538 electors are expected to hand Biden 306 electoral votes; 270 is the victory threshold, while Trump is likely to get the 232 endorsements.

Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court made a significant ruling that the College members cannot exercise their discretion and switch support to other candidates.

Electors were appointed in advance by both parties from acting and retired officials or aspiring politicians, like former President Bill Clinton in New York, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, or Georgia gubernatorial former candidate Stacey Abrams.

Those who pledged for the Republican incumbent will meet in states carried by Trump. Simultaneously, Biden’s electors will be summoned for voting where the Democratic candidate emerged victorious as per a certified popular tally.

Each elector casts two paper ballots – one for President and another one for Vice President. Votes are then tallied and sent to the US Congress for verification at a joint session presided over by the incumbent Vice President Mike Pence on January 6.

Any federal lawmaker can object to any electoral vote. However, it would take a bicameral majority for the dissenting opinion to matter, an unlikely outcome with the Democratic-led House of Representatives and the Senate controlled by the Republicans.

Joe Biden is already widely referred to as President-elect. However, President Trump has not conceded and launched legal challenges to the election results, accusing his rivals of massive fraud.

Trump approached the US Supreme Court with the help of Texas. The state filed a lawsuit seeking to block Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, whose votes tipped the scales in favour of Biden, from participating in the Electoral College.

However, on Friday, the US Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit, arguing that Texas lacked standing to file the complaint.

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