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The winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election can only be declared after counting the Electoral College's votes.

Once voting concludes, state law determines the deadlines for the counting and certification of results for all contests. Most states will have fully certified results within a few weeks of Election Day.

The Electoral College is a body of electors that is guided by federal law and was first established by the United States Constitution.

The electors chosen during the November 3rd popular vote will meet on Monday, December 14th in each state’s capital to cast the state’s electoral votes for president and vice president. Those votes are then transmitted to Washington, DC for tabulation.

On January 6, 2021, Congress will meet to count the states’ electoral votes and declare the winner of the presidential election.

The Constitution sets January 20, 2021 as Inauguration Day. On this date the president and vice president who Congress declares as winner will be sworn into office.

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