December 14 is the actual deadline, as it is when the large electors of each state must meet in the Electoral College to formally elect the president. In the middle, there are the judicial resources promoted by the president.
Since the announcement on Saturday of Joe Biden’s victory in the United States elections, President Donald Trump, who was running for reelection, he 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, alleging 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?
At the moment, scrutiny continues in a few key states, including Pennsylvania, and a manual recount has just been 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 until 23, Arizona until 30.
“I don’t think we have to wait for each state to formally certify its results,” said John Fortier, an election specialist at 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 expect a reversal through legal action, “he added.” I think this is how the matter will be resolved.
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 Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore ran for the White House, Florida’s outcome was contested 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 just over 500 votes.
It’s an “extremely unlikely” scenario, says Barry Burden, a specialist at the University of Wisconsin. “The mere fact that some people recall it is worrying … American democracy was thought to have reached a degree of maturity where this type of behavior would not occur. “
In such a scenario, which according to Burden violates “the norms and procedures for appointing a president,” the Republican majority parliament of one or more states in which the Democratic victory was contested could appoint large constituents of his party, instead of validating the Democratic list that reflects the results of the popular vote.
The dispute would then continue before Congress, that will meet on January 6 to count the votes of the great voters and formally designate the winner of the election.
But for this to happen, several key states would have to present rival lists to question Joe Biden’s victory, something that experts interviewed by AFP consider impossible.
“Donald Trump will probably never accept defeat”Burden said. “He continues to question the results of the 2016 elections, even though he won them clearly and fairly, so it is likely that he will continue to question them for the rest of his life.”
Not for this reason Biden will cease to be sworn in as president on January 20, 2021Although it would sow doubt among Republican voters and could “delegitimize” the Democrat’s victory, he added. “Perhaps casting doubt is the sole objective of the Trump campaign team.”