Since the announcement on Saturday of Joe Biden’s victory in the United States elections, President Donald Trump, who ran for reelection, has refused to acknowledge his defeat, backed by Republican lawmakers.
Since the November 3 election, Republicans have filed appeals in at least five key states, claiming fraud or irregularities in the electoral process.
A recount was announced in Georgia, where voting is particularly tight, and it is not excluded that the same will happen in Wisconsin, although there is practically no probability that this will modify the results, in both cases. How long can the challenge of the results last? Can Biden’s victory be questioned?
How long will it take to confirm the results?
At the moment, scrutiny continues in some key states, including Pennsylvania, and a manual count was just announced in Georgia.
But each state has a deadline for the electoral authorities to certify the result and validate the vote count: Georgia has until November 20, Pennsylvania through 23, Arizona through 30.
“I don’t think we have to wait for each state to formally certify its results,” he said. John Fortier, election specialist for the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization that seeks to build bridges between Democrats and Republicans.
“I think that at some point, probably in the next few days, with the advance of the count and perhaps the rejection of certain legal remedies, we will see that the differences are too great to wait for a reversal through legal action,” he added. “I think this is how the matter is going to be resolved.”
The December 14 is the actual deadlineIt is when the large electors of each state must meet in the Electoral College to formally elect the president, a vote in principle dictated by the majority of the popular vote in the respective demarcations.
On the occasion of the 2000 elections, in which the Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore competed for the White House, Florida’s result was disputed for more than 30 days, but the Supreme Court ended the recount so that the deadlines were not missed, giving Bush the winner by a difference of just over 500 votes.
Will there be rival lists of big voters in the contested states?
It’s an “extremely unlikely” scenario, he says. Barry Burden, specialist from the University of Wisconsin. “The mere fact that some people evoke it is troubling … American democracy was thought to have reached a stage of maturity where this type of behavior would not occur.”
In such a scenario, which according to Burden violates “the rules and procedures to appoint a president, “the Republican majority parliament of one or more states in which the Democratic victory was contested could appoint large voters from their party, instead of validating the Democratic list that reflects the results of the popular vote.
The dispute would then continue before Congress, which will meet on January 6 to count the votes of large voters and formally designate the winner of the election. But for this to happen, several key states they would have to present rival lists to question the victory of Joe Biden, something that experts interviewed by AFP consider impossible.
What if Trump doesn’t acknowledge his defeat?
“It is likely that Donald Trump never accept defeat, “Burden said.” He continues to question the results of the 2016 elections, even though he won them clearly and fairly, so he will likely continue to question them for the rest of his life. “
This does not mean that Biden will cease to be inaugurated president on January 20, 2021, although it would sow doubt among Republican voters and could “delegitimize” the victory of the democrat, added. “Perhaps casting doubt is the sole objective of the Trump campaign team.”
Fortier says he is “absolutely certain that there will be a peaceful transition,” even if it is not “the friendliest” or “the most seamless.”
“The best thing would be for him to admit defeat, but if the transition is delayed, it will not be the end of the world either,” he said.