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Biden Officially Secures Electors Votes12/05 09:38

   California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 55 
electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the 
Electoral College majority needed to win the White House.

   (AP) -- California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 
55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the 
Electoral College majority needed to win the White House.

   Secretary of State Alex Padilla's formal approval of Biden's win in the 
state brought his tally of pledged electors so far to 279, according to a tally 
by The Associated Press. That's just over the 270 threshold for victory.

   These steps in the election are often ignored formalities. But the hidden 
mechanics of electing a U.S. president have drawn new scrutiny this year as 
President Donald Trump continues to deny Biden's victory and pursues 
increasingly specious legal strategies aimed at overturning the results before 
they are finalized.

   Although it's been apparent for weeks that Biden won the presidential 
election, his accrual of more than 270 electors is the first step toward the 
White House, said Edward B. Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University.

   "It is a legal milestone and the first milestone that has that status," 
Foley said. "Everything prior to that was premised on what we call projections."

   The electors named Friday will meet Dec. 14, along with counterparts in each 
state, to formally vote for the next president. Most states have laws binding 
their electors to the winner of the popular vote in their state, measures that 
were upheld by a Supreme Court decision this year. There have been no 
suggestions that any of Biden's pledged electors would contemplate not voting 
for him.

   Results of the Electoral College vote are due to be received, and typically 
approved, by Congress on Jan. 6. Although lawmakers can object to accepting the 
electors' votes, it would be almost impossible for Biden to be blocked at that 

   The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate would both 
vote separately to resolve any disputes. One already has arisen from 
Pennsylvania, where 75 Republican lawmakers signed a statement on Friday urging 
Congress to block the state's electoral votes from being cast for Biden. But 
the state's Republican U.S. senator, Pat Toomey, said soon afterward that he 
would not be objecting to Pennsylvania's slate of electors, underscoring the 
difficulty in trying to change the election results through Congress.

   "As a practical matter, we know that Joe Biden is going to be inaugurated on 
Jan. 20," Foley said.

   That was clear in the days after the election, when the count of mail 
ballots gradually made clear that Biden had won victories in enough states to 
win the Electoral College. It became even more apparent in late November, when 
every swing state won by Biden certified him as the winner of its elections and 
appointed his electors to the Electoral College. Trump has fruitlessly tried to 
stop those states from certifying Biden as the winner and appointing electors 
for the former vice president.

   He made no effort in deeply Democratic California, the most populous state 
in the nation and the trove of its largest number of electoral votes. Three 
more states won by Biden --- Colorado, Hawaii and New Jersey --- have not yet 
certified their results. When they do, Biden will have 306 Electoral College 
votes to Trump's 232.

   Trump and his allies have brought at least 50 legal cases trying to overturn 
the results in the swing states Biden won --- mainly Arizona, Georgia, 
Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. More than 30 have been rejected or 
dropped, according to an AP tally.

   Trump and his allies have also raised the far-fetched notion that Republican 
state legislatures in those states could appoint a rival set of electors 
pledged to Trump.

   But state Republican leaders have rejected that approach, and it would 
likely be futile in any case. According to federal law, both chambers of 
Congress would need to vote to accept a competing slate of electors. If they 
don't, the electors appointed by the states' governors --- all pledged to Biden 
in these cases --- must be used.

   The last remaining move to block the election would be the quixotic effort 
to vote down the electors in Congress.

   This tactic has been tried --- a handful of congressional Democrats in 2000, 
2004 and 2016 objected to officially making both George W. Bush and Trump 
president. But the numbers were not enough to block the two men from taking 

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