Presidential election is not over, that awaits Dec. 14
In recent weeks The Day published numerous letters decrying President Trump's refusal to concede defeat. This criticism demonstrates unawareness of how America elects its president.
On the nominal Election Day, we the people voted not for Trump or Joe Biden but for electoral college seats pledged to them. Biden's 306 electors are stalwart Democrats seemingly assuring victory over Trump's 232 when the electors convene Dec. 14.
But history has shown some electors to be faithless. If, for any reason, Biden fails to receive a 270 majority, the newly elected Congress will decide the matter. That would doom Biden. The decision is a one-state, one-vote affair, and Republican delegations control more states.
More ominously for Biden, Republicans have been clobbering Democrats in 21st century state legislative races. Those legislatures can control how each state decides its presidential preferences. Votes that now favor Biden by scant margins in battleground states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada and Arizona — have Republican majorities capable of invalidating controversial ballots. Elections are only officially complete when the legal process is satisfied, right?
There are countless ways Biden doesn't get to the magic 270 on Dec. 14. As the immortal Yogi Berra eternally reminds us, "It ain't over till it's over."
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