Electoral college begins voting to affirm Biden’s win Updated for 2021


Updated: March 6, 2021

The electoral college began voting on Monday morning across the 50 states in the United States to affirm the victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the November 3 presidential election.

Vermont was the first state to award its 3 electoral votes to Biden followed by 11 electoral votes to Donald J. Trump in Tennessee. Biden won Vermont while Trump won Tennessee.

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The process will play out throughout the day, and in the end, Biden is expected to receive 306 electoral votes to beat Donald Trump who is expected to get 232 college votes.

There are 538 electoral votes in the United States, and the number of votes each state receives is proportional to its size.

Although Trump has refused to concede defeat, and has engaged in a campaign of disinformation on the social media, spreading baseless and discredited voter fraud claims, electors will gather in state capitols across the country on Monday to formally confirm Biden’s win.

Trump tried but failed to overturn the election results in six battleground states. Below is when those states will pick the winner today.

Georgia: The 16 electors in Georgia will meet in the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta at 12 p.m. local time on Monday. (1700GMT)

Nevada: In Nevada, the office of the Secretary of State, which is organizing the event, said the six electors will meet virtually via zoom at 8.30 a.m. local time (1630GM).

Wisconsin: The 10 electors will meet in the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison at 12 p.m. local time (1800 GMT)

Arizona: The 11 electors will meet at 10 a.m. local time (1700 GMT) in Phoenix to pick the winner of the election. The Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has not disclosed the location of the meeting but said the event will be broadcast on Facebook.

Michigan: The 16 electors in Michigan will meet in the state legislature’s Senate chamber in Lansing, Michigan, at 2 p.m. local time (1900 GMT).

Pennsylvania: The time has not yet been disclosed, but the 20 electors are expected to meet in Harrisburg to pick the winner of the 2020 presidential election.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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