Electors meet to affirm Biden’s win; Georgia run-off voting starts

The electors will vote separately in their respective states either virtually or in person, in yet another election ritual propelled into public attention because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat, which has now been reaffirmed multiple times by courts, including twice by the Supreme Court.
By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Voters line up for the first day of early voting outside of the High Museum polling station on December 14 in Atlanta, Georgia for a run-off election for two US Senate seats.(AFP)

The 538 electors are meeting on Monday to reaffirm President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 White House victory as early in-person voting began in Georgia for a January special election that will determine which party controls the US Senate for the next two years.

The electors will vote separately in their respective states either virtually or in person, in yet another election ritual propelled into public attention because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat, which has now been reaffirmed multiple times by courts, including twice by the Supreme Court.

They are committed to vote for the candidate who won their respective states, but “faithless” electors are known to have defected on rare occasions. Ten of them did so in 2016.

But they are expected to confirm Biden as the winner by 306-232 electoral college votes as had been projected just days after the close of polling on November 3 and as was certified by states last week in another election ritual getting rare public attention because of Trump’s obduracy.

Voters in Georgia, at the same time, started casting their ballots in the January 5 run-off election to elect two US senators. In the fray are incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans. They face Democrats Joe Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.

If the Republicans win, their party will retain control of the senate. But if the Democrats win — both of them — their party will take over the upper chamber, completing their hold over Congress as they are already in power in the House of Representatives. And they will be in control of the White House as well, shutting out the Republicans completely.

Georgia is a solidly Republican state which, however, voted for Biden in the November 3 presidential election. Trump campaigned there for Perdue and Loeffler earlier this month, but the party fears that his claims of election fraud in the state, as in other swing states that he lost, could discourage Republican voters from showing up for the run-off election.

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