Elections Politics

Election 2020: What’s Next?

It’s been 15 days since Election night in The United States, a lot has and has not happened in the White House since then. As previously reported, on Saturday November 7th, Joe Biden was declared as President-elect of The United States.

In election history, following a declared winner based the calling of the election by news organizations the losing candidate will concede their run the political office. The current holder of that position will also prepare for a peaceful transition of Power by providing confidential documents and arranging budgets for the incoming person. We have seen none of this from the Trump Administration in the White House.

But what the Trump campaign has done is file several lawsuits, the majority are in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan. Most of which have been overruled or thrown out by Judges in various states. Many of these lawsuits claim voter fraud, or that ballots should not have been counted after Election Day. There were previous ruling in many of these states giving voters and USPS deadlines to have any mail-in ballots to the election precepts and for voters who need to bring identification to have their ballot counted.

Georgia is conducting a recount by hand because of the close margins. The state has still yet to be called for a Presidential Candidate. According to Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger (R), tomorrow an audit will be released with the states new voter count. He also says that the audit that will be released found no widespread voter fraud in the state. He spoke on what his state had found on CNN with Jake Tapper.

It has been reported by at least two counties already that uncounted votes were found.

During the hand recount Tuesday, Fayette County uncovered 2,755 votes that were not included in the initial count. Secretary of State official Gabriel Sterling said those ballots were scanned onto a card, but those votes were never uploaded into the initial count. He says there were several backups designed to catch this issue and that it falls to workers who didn’t follow procedure.

Of the votes that are now being added to the total, 1,577 were for President Donald Trump, 1,128 for Joe Biden and the rest were for Jo Jorgenson or write-ins. That changes the margin in the state by under 500 votes. with Biden now leading Trump by 12,929 votes.

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Georgia is also having a run off election for it’s two senate seats in January because of the close margins that the election had.

In Wisconsin, President Trump paid the required $3 million dollars for a recount in the states two largest democratic counties. The recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties will begin on Friday and bust conclude by Dec. 1st. These two counties have Biden’s win margins over 300k, President-elect Biden only won the state by 20k votes.

The current popular vote count is: Biden 79,414,067 votes and Trump 73,556,886 votes.

What’s the next step in the election?

All states must have their final vote count by December 8th. Any disputes of the vote count must be settled by this date.

Monday December 14th, the Electors vote at a location designated by their state elector. This voting is done on a paper ballot one for president and one for Vice President. The votes are then attached to the Certificates of Ascertainment, sealed and certified.

The certificates are sent by registered mail to:

  • The president of the Senate (the vice president of the United States)
  • The secretary of the state in the state in which the electors met (he or she gets two copies)
  • The archivist of the United States (he or she gets two copies)
  • The judge of the U.S. district court in the district where the electors met

The certificates must reach their designated personal by December 23rd.

January 6, 2021 a joint Session of Congress to count electoral votes and declare the results.

January 20, 2020 Inauguration.

As for a peaceful transition of power, Trump has been blocking Biden and his incoming staff. From the basic level, there has been no invitations from the President or First Lady to the Biden’s to the White House.

“There are no briefings being given about coronavirus, troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq, or aggression by China and Iran. No background checks being done for job applicants. No security clearances being conducted for potential Biden staffers” said Anita Kumar of Politico.

The last time a transition of power was delayed, during the 2000 recount, the nation was not properly prepared and funded for the 9/11 attacks. “When the contested 2000 election delayed George W. Bush’s transition, it delayed his national security team and was a contributing factor to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to a finding in the official 9/11 Commission Report,” said Zachary Wolf of CNN.

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