What time is the electoral college vote today?

THE process of declaring Joe Biden winner of the 2020 Election kicks off today (Monday, December 14, 2020) as the Electoral College gathers across the nation.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to receive 306 electoral votes – more than the 270 needed to elect a president – while Donald Trump is expected to receive 232 votes.

What time is the electoral college vote today?

Since Election Day on November 3, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been certifying their public votes, before naming their electors.

They will meet today (Monday, December 14, 2020) to formally cast their ballots for President and Vice President.

But instead of them all meeting in one place such as a "college", electors in each state – plus the District of Columbia (DC) – meet in a place chosen by their legislature.

Congressional representatives are determined by a state's population, and electors are assigned based on the number of representatives. 

States with larger populations have more electors – but no state can have fewer than three electors. 

Electors cast their votes by paper ballot: one for the president and one for the vice-president.

The time voting takes place is different from state to state – but these meetings are scheduled to take place between 10am ET on the East Coast and 7pm ET in Hawaii.

However, 2020 is slightly different.

Due to Covid-19, three states — Colorado, Nevada and Utah – are holding virtual meetings by video conference.

Who are the electors voting?

Although the popular vote refers to US citizens casting their ballots on November 3, it is the electoral vote that formally confirms the next president.

The electors are usually comprised of high ranking Democrat or Republican Party members, such as governors, elder statespeople or former presidents.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are two of New York's electors, for instance.

Meanwhile, Georgia's Stacey Abrams is another.

However, most of these electors are people you've never heard of.

Before the Electoral College meets, each state is supposed to prepare certificates of ascertainment.

This is an official document outlining the election result and the chosen electors, which can be viewed online at The National Archives.

When will we know the results?

The ballots will be transmitted to Washington, DC, to be tallied in Congress on January 6, 2020 by a joint sitting of the House.

The winner is known on that day, with 2020 set to see Joe Biden officially be named as the forthcoming president.

What happens next?

But the Certficates of Votes must be transported by Mail and the USPS must make sure the certificates reach the Senate by December 23.

Congress meets to count the electoral votes on January 6, where current Vice President Pence will preside.

The winner- Joe Biden – will go from President-elect to becoming the 46th President of the United States of America.

He will then be sworn in during an Inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol Hill, in front of the National Mall, on January 20, 2021.

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