2020 US election LIVE updates: President Donald Trump on Wednesday falsely claimed that he had won the U.S. election with millions of votes still uncounted after his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, said he was confident of winning a contest that will not be resolved until a handful of states complete vote-counting over the next hours or days
2020 US Election LIVE Updates: what if the result is been contested
Since the election results are so close we thought we would look at the biggest ‘What If’. We know the results are delayed and that is not a surprise at all but a contentious outcome is a risk, however underrated. The closer the election outcome, the higher the probability of a contested election. Now the implications of a contentious election outcome range from prolonged uncertainty about the election outcome, to constitutional tensions Continue Reading
2020 US Election LIVE Updates: Biden and Trump camps set their eyes on Pennsylvania
It’s as tight it gets. According to the Associated Press at 1:55 pm IST, Joe Biden has 238 electoral college votes while incumbent US President Donald Trump has 213. Trump has won Florida, and the focus is now firmly on the three Northern industrial states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House. In the final sprint of the presidential campaign, both the Biden and Trump camps set their eyes on Pennsylvania, also referred to as the Keystone State, a crucial contest that may determine the next president of the United States. The state holds 20 electoral votes which in all likelihood, will be key to deciding to touches the magic figure of 270. Continue Reading
2020 US Election LIVE Updates: Differences in the numbers currently
The United States 2020 elections are underway and no renowned publication has called it yet. As of 3:00 pm IST, according to the Associated Press, Democratic candidate, Joe Biden is leading with 238 electoral votes while President Donald Trump has secured 213. The one who reaches the magical figure of 270 gets the keys to the White House for the next four years.
All eyes are now on a handful of states to understand which way the scale is tipping. These are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina. Out of these Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia are more important. Continue Reading
2020 US Election LIVE Updates: Trump claiming a premature victory and claiming legal action over voter fraud
With Trump claiming a premature victory and claiming legal action over voter fraud, there a number of ways in which a disputed result can be settled.
One, a close election could result in litigation over voting and ballot-counting procedures in battleground states. Cases filed in individual states could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, as Florida’s election did in 2000, when Republican George W. Bush prevailed over Democrat Al Gore by just 537 votes in Florida after the high court halted a recount.
Remember, Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court justice just days before the election, creating a 6-3 conservative majority that could favor the president if the courts weigh in on a contested election.
Two, some academics have outlined a scenario in which the governor of a state and the legislature in a closely contested state submit two different election results. Battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina all have Democratic governors and Republican-controlled legislatures.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 4, 2020
According to legal experts, it is unclear in this scenario whether Congress should accept the governor’s electoral slate or not count the state’s electoral votes at all.
While most experts view the scenario as unlikely, there is historical precedent.
Or three, a determination that neither candidate has secured a majority of electoral votes would trigger a “contingent election” under the 12th Amendment of the Constitution. That means the House of Representatives chooses the next president, while the Senate selects the vice president.
Each state delegation in the House gets a single vote. As of now, Republicans control 26 of the 50 state delegations, while Democrats have 22; one is split evenly and another has seven Democrats, six Republicans and a Libertarian.
A contingent election also takes place in the event of a 269-269 tie after the election; there are several plausible paths to a deadlock in 2020.
Any election dispute in Congress would play out ahead of a strict deadline – Jan. 20, when the Constitution mandates that the term of the current president ends.
Under the Presidential Succession Act, if Congress still has not declared a presidential or vice presidential winner by then, the Speaker of the House would serve as acting president. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is the current speaker.