Election Rejection Will Last Through December, Possibly January

If the “Media Doesn’t Call Elections,” How Long Before It’s Official? (Infographic)

David Leibowitz
Nov 17, 2020 · 4 min read
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Estimated timeline of certified vote vote canvassing by state using data from Associated Press projected wins (Image credit: David Leibowitz)

The world will likely need to wait until California’s fifty-five electoral votes are certified on December 11th until critics’ arguments about “unofficial results” are finally quelled. On that date, the 270 vote certified hurdle is finally cleared.

Delaware, the earliest of all states to canvass, has already certified their results. So has Oklahoma. Virginia is set to approve its results today. But Washington state allows twenty-one days after a general election, so they and similar states may take some time to complete.

A long road to 270 in December

As depicted in the graphic I conjured up above, which is based upon the Associated Press projections, by December 8th, Joe Biden is estimated to receive 239 certified votes to Trump’s 221. Unfortunately, the American public and the world will likely need to wait until California’s fifty-five electoral votes are certified on December 11th until critics’ arguments about “unofficial results” are finally quelled. At that point and on that date, the 270 vote certified hurdle is finally cleared.

Then what happens?

The next steps are outlined by the AP: On December 14th, electors in each state and the District of Columbia vote by paper ballot. Thirty-three states and D.C. require electors to cast their ballots based upon the popular vote.

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