Electoral College vote affirms Biden's win

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 1221 GMT (2021 HKT) December 15, 2020
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12:15 p.m. ET, December 14, 2020

Nevada virtually casts its 6 electoral votes for Biden

From CNN's Abigail Sharpe and Liz Stark

Nevada’s electors just cast their six votes for President-elect Joe Biden during a virtual meeting on Monday. 

Biden won Nevada by about two percentage points – 50% to about 48%. He beat Trump by about 33,000 votes. 

Trump and other Republicans filed lawsuits to overturn the results, falsely claiming there was widespread fraud in Nevada, where all residents were mailed absentee ballots.

The Nevada Supreme Court unanimously rejected Trump’s long-shot lawsuit, and Nevada's GOP secretary of state has not endorsed Trump's conspiracy theories about the election being “rigged.”  

Nevada has voted for the winning candidate in ten of the last 11 presidential elections, with 2016 the only exception.  

Remember: The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results.

Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today. It takes 270 electoral votes of the 538 available to become president. 

See the moment:

11:59 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

Iowa casts its 6 electoral votes for Trump

From CNN's Jay Rankin and Adam Levy

Iowa Secretary of State's Office
Iowa Secretary of State's Office

Iowa’s electors cast their six votes for President Trump and Vice President Pence during their meeting on Monday in Des Moines. 

Trump defeated Biden by about eight percentage points, 53% to about 45%. 

The Hawkeye State has voted for the winning presidential nominee in six of the last eight elections. Biden made a late visit to campaign in Des Moines, but Trump won by a comfortable margin, nearly repeating his solid 2016 performance. 

Remember: The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results. Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today.

Watch here:

11:49 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

What it will take for the Electoral College system to change

Analysis from CNN's Harry Enten

For now, the Electoral College is the way this country elects presidents.

There are some efforts (mainly the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact) to try and move to a national popular vote, but those have so far been unsuccessful.

So what might get us to move away from the Electoral College? A major third party candidate with a base of support in the House of Representatives could do it. 

Right now, Republicans feel they have an advantage in the Electoral College relative to the popular vote. (See the 2000 and 2016 elections.) Most Republicans are against any efforts to move toward the popular vote.

A lot of Republicans were for it, however, after the 1968 election.

In that campaign, independent George Wallace won some states and could have prevented either candidate from getting 270 electoral votes. That would have thrown the election into the House. Wallace ultimately didn’t get enough votes, but he came close. He would have had some real bargaining power given you need a majority of state delegations to win in the House.

While the effort to move to a popular vote following that election failed in the Senate, it actually got the necessary supermajority in the House of Representatives to become a constitutional amendment.

11:47 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

South Carolina casts its 9 electoral votes for Trump

From CNN's Annie Grayer and Liz Stark

South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives

South Carolina’s electors cast their nine votes for President Trump and Mike Pence during their meeting on Monday in Columbia. The electors voted for Pence first and Trump second.

Trump won the state with 55% of the vote, which was about a 12-point win over President-elect Joe Biden’s 43% showing. 

The Palmetto State has supported every Republican presidential nominee for the past 40 years.

About today's meeting: The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results. Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today.

Watch the vote:

12:31 p.m. ET, December 14, 2020

Arkansas casts its 6 electoral votes for Trump 

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Adam Levy

Arkansas’ electors cast their six votes for President Trump during their meeting on Monday in Little Rock. 

Trump won the state with more than 62% of the vote. 

Since 1980, the only Democratic presidential nominee to win Arkansas was Bill Clinton, the state’s former governor. 

More on today's process: The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results.

Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today.

WATCH:

11:33 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

These 3 states will cast their votes at 11:30 a.m. ET

Electors across the country continue to formally cast their votes for president.

Today, 538 electors from every state and Washington, DC, will partake in a critical part of the US electoral process, during which they will vote to affirm the votes cast during the 2020 election.

Electors vote at 11:30 a.m. ET in:

  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Nevada
11:37 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

Illinois casts its 20 electoral votes for Biden 

From CNN's Ali Main and Liz Stark

Pool
Pool

Illinois’ electors cast their 20 votes for President-elect Joe Biden during their meeting on Monday in Springfield.

Biden won about 58% of the vote in Illinois compared to Trump’s about 41%.

Democrats have now won Illinois in the last eight presidential elections, dating back to 1992, though the state supported Republicans in every presidential election from 1968 to 1988.  

Among the electors was Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who chaired the gathering.

See it here:

11:37 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

Here are some notable electors participating today

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There are some notable faces among the 538 electors who make up the Electoral College. They are gathering today across 50 states and the District of Columbia to formally cast their votes for president.

New York:

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Georgia:

  • Stacey Abrams
  • Nikema Williams, the Democratic congresswoman-elect for the district previously represented by John Lewis.

Illinois:

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

South Dakota

  • Gov. Kristi Noem

An elector can't be someone who is in the Congress or is paid by the federal government, according to the Constitution. So state office holders can serve as electors, but federal office holders can not. The electors were picked in the spring or summer by state parties. They're often party bigwigs, like governors or elder statespeople.

Read other notable names here.

11:28 a.m. ET, December 14, 2020

Oklahoma casts its 7 electoral votes for Trump

From CNN's Jennifer Agiesta and Adam Levy

Oklahoma Governor's Office
Oklahoma Governor's Office

Oklahoma’s electors cast their seven votes for Trump during their meeting on Monday in Oklahoma City.

Trump carried the Sooner State with about 65% of the vote.

Oklahoma is consistently a solid red state in presidential politics. Lyndon Johnson in 1964 is the only Democrat to win the state since Harry Truman did in 1948.

More on today's process: The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results.

Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today.