- Americans did not directly vote for Joe Biden and Donald Trump. With an indirect ballot, they voted for lists of large voters chosen by the parties. These 538 electors speak out on Monday.
- On paper, Joe Biden won 306 voters, against 232 for Donald Trump. In thirty-two states, the latter are obliged by law to vote for the candidate chosen by the people. Each year, a handful of “infidels” rebel, but never enough to reverse the results.
- The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Texas’ claim to overturn the four-state election results won by Joe Biden. A decision that annihilates the political earthquake hoped for by Donald Trump.
From our correspondent in the United States,
The big day is here. This Monday, the electorate’s electorate will meet in each US state to choose the winner of the November 3 presidential election. If Joe Biden is, in theory, assured of winning, Donald Trump could continue to challenge the results until their validation by Congress on January 6. But after his double defeat in the Supreme Court, Tuesday and Friday, it is a waste of time.
The electoral college, a formality for Biden
Americans did not directly vote for Joe Biden and Donald Trump. With an indirect ballot, they voted for lists of large voters chosen by the parties. In total, 538 electors will meet this Monday in the capitol of each state, mostly around midday.
On paper, Joe Biden won 306 voters, against 232 for Donald Trump. And while the outgoing president tried to pressure the Republican legislatures of Pennsylvania and Michigan to replace their major voters, he failed to achieve his goals. In thirty-two states, the latter are obliged by law to vote for the candidate chosen by the people. Each year, a handful of “infidels” rebel, but never enough to reverse the results. By a sizeable margin, Joe Biden is expected to exceed the majority bar of 270 voters with the California vote at 2 p.m. (11 p.m. KST).
Trump’s hopes dashed by Supreme Court
According to Donald Trump, it was the “big one”. But the political and institutional earthquake he hoped for did not materialize. On Friday, the Supreme Court of United States rejected the Texas complaint, supported by the US president, more than 100 elected officials and seventeen Republican states. It sought to overturn the verdict of the ballot boxes in four states won by Joe Biden, but the court explained that the Lone Star State had “not legally demonstrated” that it could dictate “the way in which other states organize the ballot ”.
In total, lawyers for the US president and his allies have suffered more than fifty setbacks in court, which has never been convinced by the charges of so-called fraud. Even if several appeals are still in the pipes, “none will succeed” after the vote of the electoral college, estimates the professor of law Rick Hasen on his site Election law blog.
Republican elected officials want to play spoilers
Joe Biden will still have to wait before preparing his inauguration speech. Republican elected officials have already announced that they will challenge the results of the electoral college in Congress on January 6. In the event of an objection from a representative and a senator, a two-hour debate is scheduled, then the Senate and the House vote in full. In the majority in the House, Democrats can therefore, if necessary, block any attempt at rebellion. It is Joe Biden who will take the oath to become, on January 20, the 46th President of the United States.