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Electoral College members meet Monday across United States to pick president

The official vote casting process has rarely drawn so much publicity

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Democrat Joe Biden, set to become on Jan. 20 the next U.S. president.
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Updated: December 14, 2020 - 10:27am

Members of the Electoral College from 50 state and Washington, D.C., meet Monday and are expected to formally choose Joe Biden the next U.S. president.

With 270 Electoral College votes needed, Biden won 306 votes, compared to 232 votes for President Trump.

In 32 states and the District of Columbia, laws require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this arrangement in July, according to the Associated Press.

The high court declined last week to take a case by the Texas attorney general to set aside 62 electoral votes for Biden in four states, which could have changed the outcome of the race.

However, the president and his legal team have indicated they intend to continue to argue in courts and states that widespread vote fraud occurred in balloting and that some states overstepped their authority in changing balloting laws.

Following Monday's votes, the next step is the Jan. 6 meeting of Congress to count and certify the Electoral College votes this week. Some House Republicans have said they will challenge the congressional process, but such an effort would only likely result in a short delay  before the election is officially certified.

Biden is expected on Monday evening to deliver remarks about the Electoral College.