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Published on December 15, 2020 3:31 AM

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Electoral College begins voting to make Biden's victory official
WASHINGTON — The Electoral College on Monday began voting to make President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election official!

All 538 electors will meet in their respective states to cast their votes for president based on the election results that were recently certified by all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

2020 ELECTION Electoral College begins voting to make Biden's victory official The president-elect is expected to speak in prime time after he has surpassed 270 for the win.

Watch live: State electors meet to cast their electoral college votes DEC. 14, 2020 Dec. 14, 2020, 7:28 PM +07 / Updated Dec. 14, 2020, 9:42 PM +07 By Rebecca Shabad WASHINGTON — The Electoral College on Monday began voting to make President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election official.

All 538 electors will meet in their respective states to cast their votes for president based on the election results that were recently certified by all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Alexander: Trump 'should put the country first' after Electoral College votes DEC. 13, 202001:23 Most electors, who were chosen by political parties in each state ahead of the November election, are expected to cast their ballots in state Capitol buildings.

The first states to vote Monday are Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Vermont, which started to so at 10 a.m. ET, with Vermont's electors casting their 3 votes for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Battleground states that have been hotly contested with legal challenges by President Donald Trump vote a little later — Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania's electors are slated to vote at noon, while Wisconsin's are scheduled to vote at 1 p.m. and Michigan's at 2 p.m.

In Michigan, the state Capitol will be closed during the vote because of threats of violence and anticipated protests.

California, which has 55 Electoral College votes, the most of any state, and could put Biden over the top is set to vote at 5 p.m. ET.

Biden is expected to deliver remarks in prime time about the Electoral College vote around 8 p.m. ET.

Trump and a number of Republican officials tried to overturn the results in battleground states, but the Supreme Court rejected that attempt Friday night. Trump has repeatedly said since the Nov. 3 election that he won by a landslide and that the election was rigged.

Biden, however, was deemed president-elect Nov. 7, four days after the election, once he surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Ultimately, Biden received 306 electoral votes, while Trump won 232.

On Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. ET, the Electoral College votes will be counted in a joint session of Congress. Biden and Harris will then be sworn into office Jan. 20.

On Thanksgiving, Trump told reporters it would be a "very hard thing to concede" the election even when the Electoral College finalizes Biden's win. He said, "If they do, they've made a mistake." When asked whether he would leave the White House under that outcome, Trump said, "Certainly I will."