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The Electoral College meets Monday in all 50 states for a vote to determine who wins the US presidency.
The day has been a long time coming for Democrats, who are looking to lock in President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as President Trump continues to file fruitless lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the outcome.
“This is Americana Democracy in action. This is how our elections are run every four years,” Jon Reinish, a Democratic strategist, told The Post. “What this should do is put to rest any of the delusional ridiculous chicanery that Donald Trump and his spineless enablers have tried to force on a country that has legally voted and is frankly eager to move on.”
With his wins in Georgia, Arizona and the Rust Belt repeatedly recounted and certified, Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be on track to receive 306 electoral votes while Trump and Vice President Pence tally 232.
The electors will meet at locations in their states determined by their legislatures, where they are expected to vote for the winner of their state’s popular vote.
New York’s electors — two of whom are Bill and Hillary Clinton — will meet in the state capitol in person. The vote is expected to commence at noon in the Assembly chamber.
In rare cases, electors have been known to defy the will of their voters and cast ballots for a different person. Many states have moved to outlaw these rogue or “faithless” electors. Both New York and New Jersey carry no penalty for faithless electors.
In 2016 there were 10 faithless electors from six states, altering the final electoral vote count to 304-227. There have only ever been 90 faithless electors in US history, with 63 coming in 1872 alone when the losing candidate, Horace Greeley, died before the Electoral College vote.
After the vote, a certificate of the results is filed with the Archivist of the United States. They are later officially opened and certified in a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. The inauguration takes place on Jan 20.
In addition to losing in the Electoral College, Trump also lost the popular vote to Biden by more than 7 million votes, the largest margin since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s triumph over Herbert Hoover in 1932. He will be the first one-term president since George H.W. Bush.
While Trump die-hards like Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks say they will challenge the results of the college’s vote when Congress meets for the Jan. 6 certification, those closer to Trump’s effort have moved on and privately concede it’s over.
“I am hoping it just goes away. He lost,” said one campaign insider. “There was legit voter fraud, but instead of focusing on the legitimate stuff, we were focusing on the crazy s–t that these conspiracy theorists were talking about.”
Another former White House official added, “The fat lady has sung. Almost everyone in Trump world privately recognizes that.”
Still, nervous lefties have fretted about possible last-minute shenanigans.
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, who famously argued that electors should be allowed to vote their conscience to the Supreme Court after the 2016 election, said there was a chance GOP-controlled state legislatures could send alternate slates of electors on Monday. The situation was at the heart of the famously bedeviled election of 1876.
But the Supreme Court’s Friday dismissal of a Texas lawsuit contesting the results in four Biden-voting swing states — supported by seventeen states and 106 Republican members of Congress — likely put an end to any GOP plans to pursue such a path.
“What scares me about this is there is just so much strong motivation on the other side. Monday is the last moment they can set up the possibility for Donald Trump getting elected for a second term,” Lessig told The Post.