Some voters received Police escort. Some cast their votes at an undisclosed location. Some have attracted a nationwide audience for what is usually an ambiguous procedural and constitutional procedure. Most of them wore masks and adhered to the rules of social distancing out of respect for the coronavirus pandemic that defined this long campaign.
In the end, President-elect Joseph R Biden Jr was confirmed on Monday as the winner of the 2020 presidential race, with the 270 electoral votes he needs to move to the White House next month, despite the relentless President Trump. Promote conspiracy and attack theories on safety findings.
All of the voters on the major battlefields, whose results Mr. Trump objected, offered their support to Mr. Biden.
Here are four quick thoughts about the long-term implications of Mr. Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome, Mr. Biden’s victory and the future of the democratic process in the United States.
Biden wins. one more time.
Joe Biden was elected the forty-sixth President of the United States.
This might not sound like news to those of you who have followed the events of the past five weeks, given the fact that Mr. Biden defeated Mr. Trump by more than seven million votes. But the elections did not end completely until the Electoral College was evaluated, and it happened on Monday. It has fallen, appropriately, in California – a state at the heart of the president’s opposition – to put Trump’s Democratic rival on top.
The question now is how will Republicans who have refused to acknowledge the election result respond to this unsurprising news. Many, including Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, have argued that the race was simply named by the media, not yet by the Electoral College. They used this logic to refuse to consider Mr. Biden the president-elect, let alone to meet with him.
Such an argument is now much more difficult. In a speech on Monday evening, Biden is expected to say, “Now is the time to turn the page.”
Democracy prevailed, but at a heavy price.
Yes, most voters demanded their vote for Biden.
But Monday started with a senior White House adviser, Stephen Miller, Advertised on Fox News That there was a “fraudulent election result” and saying that an “alternative list of voters” in the disputed states would vote and send its results to Congress from the states that the president lost.
Mr. Miller is not alone. Much of the Republican Party still refuses to fully and publicly acknowledge the election results, even after they were ratified by all 50 states, Electoral College voters voted and the Supreme Court refused to hear the legal challenge Mr. Trump was harassing as “perhaps the most important case in history.”
Democracy is fragile and based on public confidence. While the outcome of this year’s race has been confirmed, acid messages from Mr Trump and his allies threaten to weaken the foundations of the institutions running the US elections.
“The greatest danger to America is the naive belief that there is something unique that guarantees America remains a democratic civil society,” said Stuart Stevens, a longtime Republican strategist-turned-critic of Trump. On Twitter. A large party has turned against democracy. It is stupid to think that it has no consequences. “
There are some dissidents. Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan, who retired and served in the Republican presidency in the House of Representatives, said on Monday that despite voting for Trump last month, he resigned from the party for the remainder of his term, stalled by efforts to cancel the election. .
“I think that primary political considerations, not concerns about constitutional integrity or voting, motivate many in the party leadership to support efforts to” stop theft, “which is very frustrating to me,” An open letter to the party leaders.
The system survived a recount in 2000 and elected two presidents in the twenty-first century despite the loss of the popular vote. There were some “kafir,” If the electorate is ultimately meaningless, in 2016. The great unknown is the cumulative effect of those past episodes and the further erosion of democratic norms this year in the upcoming converging and disputed elections.
Who knows? This is what the Electoral College meetings look like.
“I hope you see me smiling behind the mask.”
The words came from Nancy Mills, chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, at the end of polling in Pennsylvania on Monday, after the state awarded 20 Electoral College votes to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Mr. Biden defeated Mr. Trump there by 81,000 votes.
Ms. Mills was serving in her official capacity as head of the Pennsylvania College Electoral College delegation. In almost any other presidential election, its role in history will be ceremonial and often unnoticed.
Not this year. Among the many unusual things about this election is that Americans were able to see – and wanted to see – what is usually an extension of Election Day. Beginning Monday morning, delegations of voters began to gather in states across the country, with measures transmitted through live video broadcasts or even on television.
Due to the pandemic, Electoral College members observed social distancing rules and wore masks. But the country can experience the solemnity and celebration that accompanies the process even in the years that no one is watching. Appointing officers for today. Distribution of secret ballot papers. Waiting for the official count.
Voting in Pennsylvania was free of any turmoil. But Mrs. Mills alluded to the day-long drama when she finished the proceedings.
“We are the country that put Joseph R Biden and Kamala Harris above the threshold of 270 constituencies,” she said. “We are the country that restored dignity and honor to the United States of America.”
Republicans are (still) resisting reality.
Inside the Georgia Capitol, Democratic voters gathered on the grounds of the Senate to cast their votes for Mr. Biden as President and Mrs. Harris as Vice President, the first time the state has voted Democrats in 28 years.
“Today, we will do our constitutional duty,” declared Nikima Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia and an elected member of Congress, when she called the meeting.
Elsewhere on the Capitol, a group of Republicans gathered for something like a shadow party, and anointed the pro-Trump voter list. The group vote had no actual impact on the electoral college outcome. David Schaeffer, the chair of Georgia’s Republican Party, explained the non-voter vote as an attempt to keep Mr. Trump’s legal options open.
If we had not met today and cast our votes, the president’s suspended election competition would have been the subject of discussion. He wrote on Twitter.
Similar efforts were underway elsewhere, including Pennsylvania, where the state’s Republican Party announced a “voter” meeting for Trump in Harrisburg. The second-list efforts traced a precedent from the 1960 presidential election between John F Kennedy and Richard M Nixon, when some Hawaiian Democrats cast conditional electoral votes for Mr. Kennedy during the count and legal challenges continued.
In 2020, Republican goal posts about when the election will be fully settled continues to progress.