This year, recounts, lawsuits and heated certification battles have added layers of complexity to the post-election period as concern mounts over the Electoral College process, and the possibility of a dramatic meeting of the joint session of Congress to certify the results. Despite the theatrics, however, there should be little doubt about the outcome: Joe Biden will become the next President of the United States.
Here are some key dates to note between now and the 2021 presidential inauguration.
By December 23, Pence must receive the ballots from the Electoral College vote in each of the states.
While some drama may ensue during this joint session, I expect the body will certify the required 270 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden to be declared the winner.
Inauguration Day falls on January 20, which brings an end to the 2020 election process and marks the beginning of a new presidency. It is on this day that Joseph R. Biden will take the oath of office and be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. Given the spectacle that Trump has made of the post-election process, I suspect Biden’s supporters will be waiting with bated breath until he takes the oath of office.
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