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Election 2020: All 50 states and DC have certified their results, with the Electoral College voting Monday

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All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have officially certified their presidential election results, with the final state, West Virginia, certifying its results on Wednesday.

On Monday next week, the Electoral College will convene in Washington, DC to cast their votes for president, declaring an official winner of the contentious one-of-a-kind 2020 election. After which, the electors’ votes will later be transmitted to officials and tallied in a joint session of Congress on January 6.

Coupled with that, President-elect Joe Biden also has enough electoral votes to successfully secure his victory, with the Associated Press giving him 306 Electoral College votes to President Donald Trump’s 232. Some faithless electors, however, could theoretically shake that up, but experts say it’s unlikely. The 2016 election saw an unusually high number of electors break ranks with their state delegations and casting their votes for individuals who were never candidates, but ultimately these electors had no impact on changing who won that election.

Additionally, the General Services Administration (GSA) officially started the presidential transition a few days before Thanksgiving and, starting in November, Biden’s transition team has been announcing the president-elect’s cabinet and administration appointments each week.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election as his team and supporters continue to launch lawsuits in multiple swing states, alleging widespread election fraud. Of the dozens of lawsuit that have been launched since November 3, none have been successful in changing the election results in any state.

In recent days, some more lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election have been filed. In fact, 17 states have joined Texas to have the results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin investigated.

RELATED: RNC files new Georgia lawsuit, demands access for GOP poll watchers during Senate runoffs in January

The president’s support among Republican politicians in his post-election legal fights has been gradually waning as the lawsuits keep falling flat and as the states pushed forward in certifying their results.

Reports have been circulating that Trump might run for president again in 2024 and that Trump is allegedly planning not to attend Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on January 20 and will instead host a political rally in Florida, possibly announcing a 2024 bid that day. This would make him the first president since 1869 to skip his successor’s inauguration and the fourth president in U.S. history to do so.

RELATED: Trump plans competing rally on Inauguration Day: report

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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