(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s been almost a month since the 2020 election took place and America still isn’t sure who won the presidential race. That will change once the states certify their election results. But what does that mean?
After all of the votes are counted and election officials resolve disputed ballots, counties make the final vote count official by certifying it. States put deadlines in place for this process. For instance, Florida counties must complete that process within two weeks of the election.
When the counties are finished, the count is sent to the state boards where they make the certification official.
Florida has certified its 2020 election results:
Trump 5,668,731 (51.2%)
Biden 5,297,045 (47.9%)
That's a 2.2 point margin swing towards Trump vs. 2016 and a 17.5% increase in votes cast. https://t.co/9dMmSHHdVa?
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 17, 2020
All of the states must certify their election results by December 8, the deadline under federal law. After that, the Electoral College electors from each state vote on December 14 and send their results to Congress. Finally, on January 6, lawmakers will officially count the electoral votes and finalize the certification.
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