Here’s how ballot counting works in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
Meanwhile, Biden is shaping the cabinet.
US President Donald Trump awaits election results in two key states, while President-elect Joe Biden is shaping his future cabinet.
Michigan is preparing to approve the election results Monday, and Pennsylvania is taking another step in that direction. Trump lost in both states, but disputes the results.
If both states officially proclaim Biden the winner with a total of 36 electoral votes, then Trump’s hopes of re-election will be dashed..
It is not yet clear if Michigan will manage to organize the process in accordance with the requirements of state law. The tallying commission, where Democrats and Republicans have equal seats, will hold a meeting on Monday to decide whether to approve the election results.
In Michigan, Biden beats Trump by more than 150,000 votes, and the law requires the commission to approve the result.
However, Republican Commissioner Norman Shinkle has made it clear in recent interviews that he is in favor of postponing the decision due to technical violations. In one of the counties of the state, violations were recorded that could affect several hundred votes, and Trump’s headquarters is convinced that this indicates large-scale fraud.
It is likely that the issue will be referred to the courts of appeal, so that they force the commission to fulfill its functions. If the members of the commission refuse, then the governor of the state, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer can do it for them..
Meanwhile, there is a Monday deadline in Pennsylvania for counties to turn over their counting data to Democrat Secretary of State Katie Primer. In this case, she will announce the official results within a few days. In Pennsylvania, Biden leads by over 80,000 votes.
Biden is expected to announce first appointments to his future cabinet on Tuesday..
On Sunday, the transition team announced that it intends to appoint longtime associate Anthony Blinken as secretary of state. Jake Sullivan has been named a likely candidate for the post of National Security Advisor. Media also reports that Biden plans to appoint experienced diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as permanent representative to the UN..
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