As expected, the Electoral College elected Democrat Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States on Monday, and Kamala Harris as Vice President. They will be sworn in on January 20.
78-year-old Biden, winner of the US presidential election on November 3, is confident of 302 electoral votes after the California election, and his rival Republican Donald Trump 232. The democrat has been backed by all electors from the key states in which he triumphed and where his rival questioned results - Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
To secure the presidency, one must obtain the support of the majority, i.e. at least 270 electoral votes. There are only four Hawaiian votes left to be counted; electors from this state will be the last to gather, at 1 a.m. from Monday to Tuesday Polish time.
Voting by the Electoral College, a state constitutional body, is usually considered a formality. This year, however, due to the fact that the current head of state has questioned the integrity of the electoral process, it is of particular importance for confirming the Democrat's victory and bringing him closer to the oath.
Most states' electors are required by law to select the candidate for whom the state's residents voted for the presidential election. In the politically polarized US, some of them face fatal threats this year. The police have escorted in at least two states entering state electoral parliaments.
The Electoral College, which has representatives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, has not recorded any "infidel electors" this year. They all voted for those candidates who won by popular vote in their states. Seven people broke away four years ago.
US electors prepared the so-called "voting certificates", which will be provided, inter alia, to the National Archives, where they will become part of official documents. They will also send them to Congress.
It is in the American parliament that the next formal stage of the election process will take place - the official counting and approval of the results of the Electoral College. This sitting of parliament on January 6 will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, who will announce the winner.
Then two weeks later, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Some politicians of the Republican Party, who recognized the Democrat as the president-elect, refrained from the decision of the Electoral College, declaring that they would do so if the body elected him as the next leader of the United States.
Trump has not issued a statement recognizing Biden as the president-elect. His advisor, Stephen Miller, announced on Monday that "alternative electors" would also vote that day. "The only date in the constitution is January 20. So we have more time than it takes to fix the mistakes of these unfair elections and certify Donald Trump as a winner," he added.
After the end of the vote by the Electoral College, Biden will deliver a speech on Monday to Tuesday, Polish time.
From Washington, Mateusz Obremski (PAP)