Although the result of the U.S. election could be contested by Donald Trump and the president is unlikely to concede as voting continues in some states, we look at what could happen next.
While the possibility of a second Trump presidency can not be ruled out entirely, Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president if the Electoral College process continues as usual.
For Donald Trump, though, there may still be attempts to try to cling to power.
The Method of Elections
They vote for a coalition of party-affiliated officials who have vowed to support their presidential nominee and who make up the Electoral College as Americans cast their ballots.
Each state has a number of electors proportional to its population, roughly speaking, and the number equals the total number of congressmen and senators.
In all, there are 538 electoral votes, which means that the vital number for having a majority and going into the White House is 270.
Many states give the candidate who won the popular vote in that state all of their electoral college votes, so campaigns typically concentrate on crucial swing states.
Electoral college votes, however, are divided in Nebraska and Maine in proportion to the votes the candidate gets.
Cutoff date for conflict resolution.
The deadline for settling conflicts at the state level is Dec. 8, to be concluded by that date for all accounts and challenges.
Electors in each state meet on December 14 and cast their ballots for president and vice president officially.
Electors can violate the electorate’s instructions and vote for any presidential candidate they prefer, referred to as a “faithless elector.”
But the result of an election has never changed, and the Supreme Court has ruled that states which require officials from the electoral college to uphold their promises.
Donald Trump sacks top official in cybersecurity who has disproved election fraud
Why does Jan. 6 matter so much?
A joint session will be held by the House and Senate to count electoral votes on Jan. 6.
Members of Congress which appeal individual votes from the electoral college and make the final decision on the winners of states who are unable to resolve their disputes.
The President of the Senate, currently Vice President Mike Pence, declares the results if a nominee wins 270 or more electoral college votes.
On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, the president-elect will then be sworn into office.
Does it matter that Donald Trump doesn’t concede?
Hey, yes and no.
By law, a presidential concession is not necessary. But after all the ballots were tallied and legal cases resolved, no presidential candidate ever refused to concede defeat.
Although refusing to make concessions to President-elect Biden, President Trump has threatened to take legal action, and Jan. 6 may prove crucial.
Will a constitutional crisis occur? How will he remain in power with Donald Trump?
In order to count Electoral College votes, the House and Senate will hold a joint session on Jan. 6.
One of the most significant moves of the new Congress since being sworn in on the 3rd is counting the votes of the Electoral College.
Members of Congress may object to individual electors’ votes and make the final decision on the winners of states that do not resolve their disputes. The states could be elected by the houses if appropriate challenges are not resolved.
This suggests that it would be possible for the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate to break which votes to accept. This will, however, require that a number of states be particularly close to each other or that legal issues remain unresolved.
As a consequence, in declaring the winner, Vice President Pence, who manages the count, may have a decisive vote.
The Supreme Court will interfere if no nominee achieves 270 college votes. There is no consensus over who is president if the court agrees not to, and Donald Trump may argue his first term is over and his second has just started.
What happens when the U.S. election is not remembered by Donald Trump?
How probable is this to occur?
Nothing can be omitted from the