In a speech after the Electoral College affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Trump, he echoed the rights of all Americans "to have your vote counted."
"In America, politicians don't take power," Biden said. "People grant power to them. The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power, can extinguish that flame."
Biden went on to praise election officials who worked amid a global pandemic to ensure "the integrity of our elections remained intact."
"One of the extraordinary things we saw this year was that everyday Americans, our friends and our neighbors, often volunteers, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, demonstrating absolute courage, they showed a deep and unwavering faith in and a commitment to the law," Biden said. "They did their duty in the face of the pandemic. And then they could not and would not give credence to what they knew is not true."