How many people voted? What is Trump claiming? And what can happen now? Here, we answer.
The presidential election in the United States it was not stained for large-scale electoral fraud or irregularities in the vote count, despite attempts by President Donald Trump to propagate ideas to the contrary.
By refusing to acknowledge his defeat, Trump says he would have won had it not been for the “Illegal” votes in various states where he lost, or who is currently low in the counts.
But the president and his allies have presented no evidence, and most of their legal challenges have already been rejected in court.
Independent investigations into previous elections have shown that electoral fraud it’s extremely rare. State officials from both parties, as well as international observers, have also said that the 2020 election went smoothly.
Here is a look, some questions to understand what is happening.
More than 150 million people voted in the presidential elections. As of Tuesday morning, a week after the election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden had received almost 5 million more votes que Trump.
Biden is currently projected to have 290 Electoral College votes against Trump’s 214, according to the vote count analysis of The Associated Press in all 50 states. The AP agency has not yet determined a winner in Alaska, Georgia or North Carolina.
Of the states in which Trump has focused his allegations of fraud, Biden enjoys small but significant advantages in all of them. The former vice president is winning in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Several states successfully implemented electoral measures during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, California – a Democratic stronghold – improved its voting-by-mail system, and the result was a vote favoring Biden, as expected.
But Trump easily won in Nebraska, North Dakota and MontanaHistorically Republican states that also significantly expanded postal voting this year.
Two decades after staging a contentious recount, Florida has implemented early voting, allowing its residents to vote absentee without requiring a reason. The AP agency declared Trump the winner in Florida at 12:35 a.m. on Wednesday.
Vote counting was slow in three north-central states that leaned toward Trump four years ago but they favored biden this time: the call “blue wall” from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
That was due to the increase in postal votes, which Biden’s campaign promoted among its supporters as a security measures in the middle of the pandemic.
Trump unsubstantiated argued that mail-in ballots were susceptible to fraud and encouraged his supporters to vote in person during election day.
As a result, Trump had more face-to-face votes in those three entities, but his advantages dissipated once the counting of the mail-in ballots began.
The three states largely ignored recommendations from independent observers to expand the period for counting mail-in votes before Election Day.