Electoral College Votes for Biden

Biden wins again.

Via CNN

No surprises, no faithless electors (unlike in 2016, when Trump actually only won 304 EVs as two Republican electors did not vote as the voters in their state’s voters directed). So, Biden won the popular vote, numerous recounts, the electoral vote, and the new to 2020 stage of the competition, the multiple lawsuits challenge.

But, of course, he still hasn’t been officially elected because the official count won’t take place until January 6, 2021, before a joint session of Congress (where a few last-ditch efforts at subverting democracy may yet await).

Do our institutions rock, or what?

Meanwhile, the circus is still in session:

The Hill: Stephen Miller: ‘Alternate’ electors will keep Trump election challenge alive.

Worse, the threats of violence are increasing.

Via the AZ Republic: Fake electors try to deliver Arizona’s 11 votes for Trump.

The 11 electors actually chosen by Arizona voters last month — meeting in an unpublicized location because of security concerns over their task — cast their votes Monday for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, formalizing the Democrats’ victory nationally and in the state.

And from NPR: Michigan Gov. Whitmer Addresses Security Threat To Electoral College Vote.

Over the weekend, state law enforcement advised lawmakers to close the Michigan State Capitol and legislative buildings due to “credible threats of violence,” a spokesperson for state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told The Detroit Free Press.

It is foolish to think that if you tell people who believe the Second Amendment exists to protect against tyranny that the election was stolen that some of them won’t make threats or act in a violent fashion. Like most autocrats, Trump cares only about himself and cares not one whit for what he is stirring up.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2020, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, US Politics
Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Kathy says:

    Dashed! Foiled again by a lack of faithless electors!

    If Trump won, by his reckoning, a landslide in 2016 with 304 EC votes, then what did Biden win with 306? A super Landslide, or, in Trumpian fashion, a super-duper Landslide?

    Funny how four years ago all those violent leftists didn’t make threats like those peaceful people on the right.

    Trump, though, can take solace in another number: over 300,000 deaths form the Trump pandemic and counting. That will be hard for anyone else to beat.

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  2. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Kathy:

    Dashed! Foiled again by a lack of faithless electors!

    And he would have gotten away with it, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids Dems

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  3. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: Maybe a PERFECT landslide?

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  4. Kylopod says:
  5. Franklin says:

    Did anyone else think Biden’s remarks were very well done? He basically ripped Trump a third and fourth asshole, but sounded presidential doing it.

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  6. Erik says:

    Anyone who defends this action, and any member of the Republican Party that does not denounce it in no uncertain terms, needs to be branded as anti-constitutional and deserves no place in government

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  7. Kathy says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    You win the internet!

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve to prepare fifty some futile court filings to overturn that result.

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  8. Sleeping Dog says:

    Biden wins again? If we are trapped in ground hog day, where’s Bill Murray?

    1+1=2, always.

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