Election workers showed courage, Biden says after victory formalised

Election workers showed courage, Biden says after victory formalised
File photo President-elect Joe Biden. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The US President-elect Joe Biden said election workers showed courage and commitment to free and fair elections in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. His comments came after Electoral College on Monday made his victory official.

On Monday, electors gathered in 50 states and the District of Columbia on Monday to formalise the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election.

It takes 270 Electoral College votes to seal the presidency, but Biden got 306 and Trump 232.

Joe Biden says local election officials and workers endured threats of violence and verbal abuse while ensuring that democracy prevailed in the election.

Biden said in his speech that the threats were “simply unconscionable” but that the election workers showed courage and commitment to free and fair elections in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said President Trump’s lawyers brought “dozens and dozens and dozens” of legal challenges of the results, but each time they were found to be without merit.

Biden says Trump’s campaign repeatedly made arguments to officials, state legislatures and even the US Supreme Court, “and in every case no cause or evidence was found to reverse or question or dispute the results.”

President-elect Joe Biden says his Electoral College victory of the same magnitude as President Trump’s in 2016 is a signal that the current Mr Trump should finally accept his own defeat in this year’s election.

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