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out those votes. if they don't agree, we are going to count the votes as they were cast today for joe biden. i don't think realistically that couldhappen -- objections happen in time and the votes will be counted as they were cast today. host: a guide to the electoral college. the director of government studies at the bipartisan policy center. we thank you for joining us and walking us through the process. guest: thank you. host: don't forget, you can find our coverage of everything about the electoral college and hundreds of hours of coverage of election 2020 c-span.org. up, electoral college votes
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have been cast from six more states across the nation. electors met in the state capital of tallahassee to cast the votes to reelect president trump and vice president pence. >> as florida secretary of state, it is my distinct honor to preside over this event. of each of our electors and staff, each person on the floor today has been tested for covid-19. we ask you to keep your masks in place during the proceedings today. toever, as we come forward sign the certificate, you may individually remove your masks. at this time, we respectfully request that you place your phones on silent. before we continue, i and void
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everyone -- i invite everyone to join us in a prayer. mr. speaker. [no audio]
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>> and now let us join together and say the pledge of allegiance.
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thank you, lieutenant governor. before we proceed, i would like to express my sincere thanks to the senate president for allowing us to use this beautiful chamber and providing their valuable assistance to us. in addition to our 29 electors from around the state, we are also joined today by several special guests. first, we are honored to have with us ron desantis.
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we are also thrilled to have with us our lieutenant governor. we also have our attorney general. thank you for being here. our chief financial officer. and the speaker of the house. we have one other delightful guest today, madison desantis.
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in 2020, florida said a strong standard for efficient and secure elections. we would like to begin today's proceeding by acknowledging those who contributed to this success. election ensured our code made voting accessible to all floridians while safeguarding the integrity of our voting process. the supervisors of election and their staff who worked to ensure they were prepared to meet any challenge that arose so that voters could have a secure and safe voting experience however they chose to cast a ballot. our poll workers, who year after
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year ensure the quality and efficiency of voting on election day. the staff at the department of state, who work every day to ensure that our supervisors of election are supported, that our voting systems are secure and accurate, and that our election code is followed faithfully and consistently across the state. and finally, we should credit our governor, ron desantis. governor desantis made election security and priority -- a priority for his administration. in 2019, he conducted a statewide review of the election infrastructure to ensure it could withstand domestic and cyber threats. we entered into an unprecedented partnership with the supervisors of election. our electors joined us in this priority, ensuring the department of state had the necessary funding. today, as a result of that
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important collaboration between state and county elections officials, our cyber and physical security is stronger than ever, and we laid the foundation for future years. through the leadership of governor desantis and with the , weort of our legislature also engaged in the first ever statewide voter registration campaign. contacted every single potentially eligible unregistered voter in the state to encourage those voters to register and share information with them about how to vote. in the end, we achieved a record number of voters in our state. when our state was faced with a pandemic and the extraordinary challenges it presented, this administration
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ensured that our election officials had the support that they needed, providing additional time to ask for vote theail ballots and ensuring safety of our poll workers. in the end, our supervisors of toction were equipped conduct an election under the most trying of circumstances. florida ensured a safe and efficient voting prices -- process, and all florida voters, no matter how they chose to cast a ballot or who they voted for can be confident in the integrity of our election system and the security of their vote. many of you here today contributed to those efforts, and we thank you for those efforts and for your leadership. with that, we will now proceed florida'slcall of
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electors. maximo alvarez. present, at this point, you may remain in your seat and respond by saying here. or nod yes. there will be several time -- not yet. there will be several times for you to come forward, but not yet. >> marylee casio. nelson diaz. .eter fabian representative randy fine. representative jason fisher. charlotte flint. routers.joke roy hinman. james houlton. marva johnson.
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belinda kaiser. kathleen king. stacy martin. senator patrick neil. lieutenant governor jeanette nuñez. senator kathleen pass como. representative daniel perez. marcia kopecky. senator ray rodriguez. schwerin.rf frank chris sprowls.
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och.a st our electors is not present. can we move forward with the election of a replacement elector? >> yes, we may proceed. senator, please indicate if you are present by saying here. thank you. we will now proceed with the vote of the electors to determine if the senator can serve as a replacement elector. for ther vote replacement elector. once that is complete, cast your ballot. at this time, please complete your ballot.
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to meet and name the person for whom they will vote for president and nice -- vice president of the united states.
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the president of the senate is the vice president of the united states, the archivist of the united states, and the chief federal judge of the district. , the vice 26, 2021 president will preside over a joint session of congress. if the candidates for president receivedpresident have 270 electoral votes, the results will be official. the desk in front of you are two separate, distinct ballots for electing the president and vice president of the united states. please listen to the following instructions carefully. please write the name of your choice for president on the
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presidential ballot, then sign and print your name on the ballot. please write the name of your choice for vice president on the vice presidential ballot, then sign and print your name on the ballot. once complete, we will collect all of the ballots.
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electors, staff will now collect your ballots for president and vice president if they have not already done so. >> madam secretary, the ballots for president and vice president have all been collected and are being verified.
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the ballots for president and vice president have been counted and valued for completeness. >> please hand me the results of the vote for president and vice president. the ballots from florida's 29th presidential electors -- 29 presidential electors have been counted and verified. donald j. trump receives 29 electoral votes for president of the united states. [applause] r. pence received 29 electoral votes for vice president of the united states. [applause]
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meet federal requirements, we will now proceed to sign the electors' certificates of vote, which maria matthews will now place on the table. at this time, we will call the electors up alphabetically to ethics your signatures -- affix your signatures to six identical certificates. signature on your the certificates, please return to your seats. >> please exit the room to your left and approach the table to sign the certificates. you will reenter your row from the opposite side. maximo alvarez.
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senator brandon. john browning.
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mayor lee can see you e lee cancillo.
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nelson diaz. peter thayman.
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representative randy byne. representative. fisher.
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charlotte flint.
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chairman joe gruders. roy henman
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james holton. marva johnson.
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belinda kaiser. kathleen king.
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j.c. martin. senator patrick neil.
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lt. gov. jeanette nunez.
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senator kathleen -- rep. danielle perez. sen. pete perry.
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marcia popek. sen. rodriguez.
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diane schur. frank sherinne.
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speaker chris brown. linda stock.
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weisheir.
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christian zeigler. general counsel will now validate the certificate.
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secretary lee.
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>> we are now going pair each of the six certificates of ascertainment with the six votes, and include the electoral replacement documents, and place them in an envelope. one paired sat will be sent to the u.s. senate president, michael pence, and two will be sent to the national archivists of each state. sent toed set will be
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the chief judge, mark walker of the northern district of florida united district court. the remaining two paired sets are provided to the secretary of state, these will be sealed.
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>> now you will each come back to the front once more to ethics your signature to the four sealed envelopes to certify their context. you will come up with the same order for the signing of the certificate. maximo alvarez.
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senator jeff brandes. john browning.
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marili cancio. nelson diaz. peter feaman.
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representative randy fine. representative jason fisher. fischer. charlotte flynt.
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gruters.joe roy hinman.
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james holton. marva johnson.
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belinda keiser. kathleen king.
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j.c. martin. senator patrick neal. lt. governor jeanette nunez. kathleen passidomo.
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representative daniel perez. senator keith perry.
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moshe popack. senator ray wesley rodriguez. diane scherff.
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frank schwerin. speaker chris sprowls. linda stoch.
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tim weisheyer. christian ziegler.
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general counsel, brad mcveigh will verify the completeness of the envelope certificate. secretary, the general counsel has confirmed that the envelopes are complete.
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>> congratulations you have done it. within a few weeks you will receive a certificate of that vote memorializing your service as a presidential elect her for the state of florida. event,conclusion of this please remain in your seat. it has been requested that all 29 electors to kick group photo from your seat. all seated six feet apart. if it is your preference to remove your mask for the photo, you may do so. thank you for performing your constitutional duty today. adjournedng is hereby . please remain in your seats momentarily.
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>> go to c-span.org for the latest video. president trump, president-elect biden, news conferences and .vent coverage at c-span.org >> c-span's washington journal. issues thatolicy impact you. -- my robust covid-19 financial relief measures are needed. well's reported ties to the alleged spy and china's espionage efforts in the
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u.s.. be sure to join the discussion with your phone calls, facebook comments, text messages, and tweets. joe bidennt-elect spoke after the electoral college certified the vote count declaring him the official winner of the white house. he spoke from wilmington, delaware saying that the results were clear and the american people had spoken. this was about 15 minutes. pres.-elect biden: good evening, my fellow americans.
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have -- the electors have certified the winning candidates. today, a member of the electoral college representing the certified winner cast their votes for vice president of the united states in an act as old as the nation itself. , the rule of law, our constitution, and the will of the people prevailed. our democracy pushed, tested, threatened or approved to be resilient. the electoral college vote which occurred today reflects the fact that even in the face of a public health crisis unlike anything we have heard in our lifetimes, the people voted. more americans voted this year than have ever voted in the history of the united states of america. over 155 million americans were determined to have their voices
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heard and their votes counted. in the start of this pandemic, this crisis, many were wondering how many americans would vote, but those fears proved to be unfounded. we saw something that few predicted or even thought possible, the biggest voter turnout in the history of the united states of america. this election now ranks as the clearest demonstration of the true will of the american people. more than 81 million of those votes were cast. any person has received in the history of america.
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, vice president-elect harris and i earned 306 electoral votes, well exceeding the 270 votes needed to secure victory. 306 electoral votes is the same number of electoral votes that donald trump and vice president pence received in 2016. at the time, president trump called the electoral college tally a landslide. by his own standards, these numbers represent a clear victory then and i respectively suggest they do so now. if anyone didn't know before, they know now, what beats deep in the hearts of american people is this, democracy, the right to be heard, to have your vote counted, to choose leaders of this nation, to govern ourselves. in america, politicians don't take power. people grant power to them.
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the flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. we now know nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power can extinguish that flame. and as the people kept it aflame, so did courageous state and local officials and election workers. american democracy works because america makes it work at a local level. one of the extraordinary things we saw this year was that everyday americans, our friends and neighbors, democrats, republicans, independents, demonstrated absolute courage. they showed a deep and unwavering faith in and a commitment to the law. they did their duty in the face of a pandemic. and they could not and would not give credence to what they knew
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was not true. they knew this election was overseen. it was overseen by them. it was honest, free, and fair. they saw with their own eyes and they wouldn't be bullied into saying anything different. it was truly remarkable because so many of these patriotic americans were subject to so much enormous political pressure, verbal abuse, even threats of physical violence. we all wish that our fellow americans in these positions will always show such commitment to free and fair elections. it is my sincere hope we never again see anyone subjected to the kind of threats and abuse we saw in this election. simply unconscionable. we owe these public servants a debt of gratitude. they didn't seek the spotlight. our democracy survived because of them. which is proof once more that it is everyday americans, infused with honor, character, and
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decency, driving the heart of this nation. in this election, their integrity was matched by the strength, independence, and the integrity of our judicial system. in america, when questions are raised about the legitimacy of an election, those questions are resolved through legal processes. that is what happened here. the trump campaign brought dozens and dozens of legal challenges to contest the result. they were heard again and again. and each of the times they were heard, they were found to be without merit. time and again, president trump's lawyers present arguments to state officials, state legislatures, state and federal courts, and ultimately to the united states supreme court, twice. they are heard by more than 80 judges across this country and in every case, no cause or
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evidence was found to reverse or question or dispute the results. a few states went for recounts. all the counts were confirmed. the results in georgia were counted three times. didn't change the outcome. the recount conducted in wisconsin actually saw our margin grow. the margin we had in michigan was 14 times the margin president won that state by four years ago. our margin in pennsylvania was nearly twice the size of the trump margin four years ago. and yet none of this has stopped baseless claims about the legitimacy of the results. even more stunning, 17 republican attorneys general and 126 republican members of the congress actually signed on to a lawsuit filed by the state of texas. that lawsuit asked the united states supreme court to reject the certified vote counts in
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georgia, michigan, pennsylvania, and wisconsin. this legal maneuver was an effort by elected officials to try to get the supreme court to wipe out the votes of more than 20 million americans in other states. and to hand the presidency to a candidate who lost the electoral college, lost the popular vote, and lost each and every one of the states whose votes they were trying to reverse. it is a position so extreme, we've never seen it before. a position that refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of constitution. law, and refused to honor our constitution. thankfully, a unanimous supreme court immediately and completely rejected this effort. the court sent a clear signal to
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president trump that they would be no part of an unprecedented assault on our democracy. every single avenue was made available for president trump to contest the results. he took full advantage of each and every one of those. president trump was denied no course of action he wanted to take. he took his case to republican governors, a republican secretary of state, republican state legislatures, republican appointed judges at every level. and in a case decided after the supreme court's rejection, a judge appointed by president trump wrote, this court has allowed the plaintiff the chance to make his case and he has lost on the merits. end of quote. even president's own cybersecurity chief, overseeing our elections, said it was the most secure election in american history. and summarily was let go. let me say it again. his own cybersecurity chief
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overseeing this election said it was the most secure in american history. respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy. even when we find those results hard to accept. but that is the obligation of those who take a sworn duty to uphold the constitution. four years ago when i was a sitting vice president, it was my responsibility to announce the tally of the electoral college votes in a joint session of congress that voted to elect donald trump. i did my job. and i'm pleased but not surprised by the number of my former republican colleagues in the senate who have acknowledged the results of the electoral college. i thank them and i'm convinced we can work together for the good of the nation on many subjects. that is the duty owed to the people, to our constitution, to our history.
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in this battle for the soul of america, democracy prevailed. we the people voted. faith in our institutions held. the integrity of our elections remains intact. now it is time to turn the page, to unite, to heal. as i said in this campaign, i will be president for all americans. i will work just as hard for those of you who didn't vote for me as i will for those who did. there is urgent work in front of us. getting this pandemic under control and getting the nation vaccinated against this virus, delivering immediate economic help so badly needed by so many americans who are hurting today, and building our economy back better than it ever was. in doing so, we need to work together, to give each other a
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chance to lower the temperature, and most of all, to stand in solidarity as fellow americans, to see each other, our pain, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams. we are a great nation. we are good people. we come from different places, whole different beliefs, but we share in common a love for this country, a belief in its limitless possibilities. for we, the united states of america, have always set the example to the world for a peaceful transition of power. we'll do so again. i know the task before us won't be easy. it is tempered by the pain so many of us are feeling today. our nation passed a grim milestone. 300,000 deaths due to this virus. my heart goes out to each of you in this dark winter of the pandemic.
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about to spend the holidays and the new year with a black hole in your heart, without the ones you loved at your side. my heart goes out to all of you who have fallen on hard times through no fault of your own, unable to sleep at night, staring at the ceiling, weighed down by the worry of what tomorrow will bring for you and for your family. but we've faced difficult times before in our history. i know we will get through this one together. that is how we get through it together. as we start the hard work to be done, may this moment give us the strength to rebuild this house of ours upon a rock that can never be washed away. as in the prayer of st. francis, for where there is discord, union. where there is doubt, faith. where there is darkness, light. this is who we are as a nation.
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this is the america we love. and that is the america we are going to be. so thank you all. may god bless you and may god protect our troops and all of those who stand watch over our democracy. thank you. >> [inaudible] pres.-elect biden: thanks for the congratulations. appreciate it. ♪ >> stay with c-span and our continuing coverage of the transition of power. voteshe electoral college cast, join us january 6 at 1:00
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p.m. eastern for the joint session of congress to count the votes and declare the winner for president and vice president. theoon on january 20, inauguration of the 46th president of the united states. the statehouse to congress, to the white house. or listenll live using the free c-span radio app. >> c-span's washington journal every day. we take your calls live on the air discussing the policy issues that interest you. gouldy morning, elise talks about how the pandemic has affected america's workforce and why robust financial relief measures are needed. the author of the washington times bill gertz with the latest in the investigation of
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california democratic congressman eric spallwel china'sged ties and efforts at espionage in the u.s. join the discussion with your phone calls, facebook comments and textbooks and tweets. tonext we take you .elaware's capital dover that is where they met today to vote for vice president kamala harris. let's show you what happened in dover, delaware today. mr. bullock: good morning. i am secretary of state jeff bullock and i want to welcome everyone here to the campus of delaware state university in dover, delaware. under the laws and constitutions of the state of delaware and the united states, i am directed by the governor to en

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