Biden Wins U.S. Presidential Elections! Can Trump’s campaign change the voting outcome with the filed lawsuits?


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The long-awaited results of the American Elections 2020 are out, and as expected Joe Biden has taken the lead over Trump, and has been elected as the president of the United States. However, Donald Trump on the other hand denies to accept the results.  

According to Aides, Donald Trump doesn’t immediately plan to deliver the concession speech that has gotten customary in the previous elections, and his campaign vows to fight on, demanding legal battle in several states. 

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” Trump said. “The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.” 

Let’s have a look at what is likely to happen in the upcoming weeks. 

Joe Biden has been declared the President of United States of America. Is the election finally over? 

Joe Biden was projected the president of America by the media outlets as soon as the vote tallying was completed, and the results were announced. Gauging the results, it has become quite clear that Biden has won lead in enough states to get the 270 electoral college votes that he needs to become the president and that there’s no way ahead for Trump. 

The associations that make these conclusions, for example, the Associated Press, depend on specialists to make these projections, and are incredibly wary because the projections need to be accurate. When an applicant is projected as the duly elected president, there’s very less chance that the association behind that projection would withdraw it.

As far as the law is concerned, in any case, the state results need to go through a statewide certification process in order to be declared as official.  Every state has its own deadline to complete the process. The voters chosen by their respective parties will all come together and cast their votes for president on December 14th.  The voters are picked dependent on the certified winner of the popular vote. It takes two months for Congress and states to formally determine who actually won a presidential election. 

Are there any chances of Trump’s Ongoing Lawsuits to overturn Joe Biden’s Victory? 

Though it is possible, but the chances of this happening are extremely narrow. 

Joe Biden has a lead of a huge number of votes in key states where he needs the electoral college vote, and by about 4m in the overall popular vote. The only way for Trump’s campaign to change the results of the vote is by convincing the judges that electoral fraud took place. 

However, there is no evidence to proof any instances of electoral fraud. which is, as a rule, really uncommon—and the consideration that Trump poll watchers were denied admittance to ballot casting locations is bogus. (The Trump campaign even conceded so in court.) 

According to report of the Wall Street Journal, earlier this week, the White House counsel and Trumps campaign consultants met to talk about the possible legal options for the campaign, and came to the conclusion that “the campaign had pursued every legal option at that point” to alter the vote count. 

So far, it is highly unlikely that any legal challenges will be successful. According to experts, majority of the lawsuits that have been filed are legally shaky, and would not be enough to overturn Biden’s leads even if they had any merit.  

Trump’s campaign has requested recounts in several states, does this mean there’s a chance of a change in the outcome? 

According to experts, recounts are a normal process in elections, and for these presidential elections it highly unlikely to change the outcome since Biden is currently leading by at least 20,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. 

As indicated by the Associated Press, since 2000, there have been 31 recounts in statewide elections, and just three of them have been successful in changing the result of elections. 

Georgia: A candidate has 2 days after the results of elections are announced, before which a recount can be demanded. Also, the margin of victory needs to be under .5% of the total count. (Biden leads Trump by .15% and the race has yet to be called.) 

Wisconsin: The margin of victory should be within 1% for a candidate to demand recount, and one request has already been made by the Trump’s campaign (Biden currently leads Trump there by about 0.7 points). 

Arizona: If the margin of victory is less than or equal to .1% of the final outcome then an automatic recount is triggered. Other than this, the candidate can’t demand one. (The race for the democrat has been called by the AP, Biden leads by about .6%, however margin has narrowed). 

Pennsylvania: A recount must be ordered by the state’s secretary if there is a margin of .5% between the two candidates is within .5% of the complete count, however if at least three voters request one, it is also possible to initiate recounts in individual districts (AP has called the race for the Democrat and Biden leads by more than .5%.) 

A recount does not imply that there is an error in the initial tally, it’s a method of confirming the outcomes of a narrow margin. Also, it is very rare of recounts leading to a change in the results. 

Source Ballotpedia Forbes The guardian

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