Presidential electors confirmed that Joe Biden is the next US president, a formality that took on added importance this year because of Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he lost his race for re-election.
The meeting of electors is a major step in the US Electoral College process to affirm the general election results. Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today.
President-elect Biden has cleared the 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College count, formalising his presidential election victory, a major milestone that he reached when California’s electors awarded him the state’s 55 electoral votes at their meeting Monday in Sacramento.
In the aforementioned state, Biden won more than 63% of the vote, while Trump earned about 34%.
Democrats have won California’s electoral votes every cycle since 1992. The state voted for Republicans in the six presidential elections before that.