In Monday’s voting, Biden received 306 votes while Trump received 232 votes. However, formal announcement will be made on January 6.
Washington DC| Joe Biden of the Democratic Party will be the next President of the United States. It has been confirmed by the Electoral College. In Monday’s voting, Biden received 306 votes while Trump received 232 votes. There are a total of 538 electoral votes. To get a majority, the support of 270 electors is needed. However, the Senate and House of Representatives will formally announce the victory on 6 January.
After the victory was confirmed, the US President elect said that he will be the President of every American. Biden’s statement can be interpreted as a message for black community. Before the election, rising racism and police brutality targeting the black community emerged as the major issue in the US. The country saw several major protests against the issue even during the pandemic.
Voting took place on Monday
In the US, the President is elected only by electoral college voting. Electors selected from each region converge in the capital of 50 states. Here they vote. The candidate who gets 270 electoral votes becomes the President. Constitutionally, it will be announced on 6 January. On this day, at 2 PM in the afternoon (according to US time), both houses of the US Parliament will meet and the votes of the Electoral College will be counted. However, it was clear on Monday that the president elect received 306 votes and Trump 232.
Biden, after the victory, said that he and his VP Kamala Harris will work towards changing the situation. He said that the divisive politics played earlier is not going to work. The resignation of US Attorney General William Barr also came after Biden’s victory. He is stepping down next week, and Trump confirmed it.
Most experts believe that Biden’s victory at Electoral College is a mere formality. It is because of this that Biden won in every important state. He received around eight crore popular votes. Biden received a full 55 votes in California, the state with the most electoral college votes.
Victory of democracy
Biden said that this is a victory for democracy. “We are all voters and exercise our right. The time has come when we are united and change the situation. It is time to heal the wounds. I am now the President of every American citizen,” he said.
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