National Popular Vote Update, 29 November, 11:00am, PT

There are still votes to be counted, largely mail-in ballots that need to have signature issues sorted out, as well as the last of the provisional ballots that require final investigation before determination is made that they’ll be counted. But the totals will change slightly, as well, due to the various ongoing recounts.  In Georgia, Trump picked up a handful of votes that hadn’t been counted the first time around; the same for Biden in Wisconsin.

The presidential, House, and Senate vote numbers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia need to be final and certified by Tuesday, 08 December 2020.  In the presidential contest, the official election takes place on Monday, 14 December 2020, when the 538 members of the Electoral College meet in the state capitals and cast their votes.  If each member votes as per their state’s dictate, Biden will receive 306 votes and Trump will receive 232.

The Electoral College votes, of course, make the national popular vote non-binding; however, in my opinion, those national numbers give us an indication as to the sort of mandate the winning candidate has been given by his or her fellow Americans.

The Democratic ticket has, to date, received well over six million more votes the Republican ticket:

Biden/Harris: 80,259,147 (51.1%)
Trump/Pence: 73,967,466 (47.1%)

While not a landslide by any stretch, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won a comfortable national victory in which a solid majority of Americans have rejected the toxic, dangerous, Authoritarian Republican incumbents – at least at the executive level; their choices in House and Senate races are a bit more perplexing.  More on that in a separate post.