Biden surpassed the necessary 270-vote threshold as electors met in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cast their votes in line with the electoral results in their territories.
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President Donald Trump had reportedly pressured officials in some states to ignore the results of the popular vote and appoint their own electors, claiming irregularities in the election. Their longshot plan was to send their votes to Congress in the hopes that another court could award the state to Trump before the Electoral College votes are counted on January 6.
Trump said late last month he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, but has since pressed on with his unprecedented campaign to overturn his defeat, filing without success numerous lawsuits challenging state vote counts.
"I don't think his lawyers have a right to go to court with specious lawsuits with no evidence", Alexander said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
The justices appeared to be unanimous in concluding that they would not disturb the electoral votes.
"The Supreme Court really let us down". It had asked the court to stop the states from using the results to appoint presidential electors to the Electoral College, which will formally pick - and announce - the victor this week.
The outcome of the presidential election has been clear for weeks, but on Monday it gets one step closer to being official as the Electoral College meets.
California's 55 electoral votes put Biden over the top.
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This year, the somewhat arcane Electoral College procedure was at the center of an ugly - and many warn risky - challenge led by Trump against the credibility of U.S. democracy.
In each state, a presidential candidate has a slate of electors that is typically selected by the state party through conventions or a committee vote. Both of those states award Electors on the basis of the results in Congressional districts.
It's an alternative reality that Donald Trump's supporters may find more comforting than the one where Joe Biden is president-elect.
In North Carolina, Utah and other states across the country where Trump won, his electors turned out to duly cast their ballots for him.
The National Association of Secretaries of State maintains a database of faithless elector laws.
That's largely because of the process that takes place, with state parties selecting them.
Following the Electoral College formally voting for Biden as the next president, he will officially begin his term as the 46th president during an inauguration ceremony slated for January 20. Those were the only counties where Trump sought a recount, even though he lost statewide by just short of 21,000 votes, a margin of about 0.6%. Electors in North Carolina had their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the Capitol to vote. It was a compromise between electing the president by popular vote and having Congress choose the president.
But this year, the somewhat arcane procedure is at the centre of an unprecedented - and many warn risky - challenge to the credibility of United States democracy led by Trump.
Other Republican senators who publicly recognized Biden as president-elect on Monday included Lindsey Graham, a Trump loyalist from South Carolina; Ohio's Rob Portman; Missouri's Roy Blunt, the Senate's No. 4 Republican; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.