Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States
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How does the election work?
The winner of the election is determined through a system called the Electoral College. Each of the 50 states plus Washington DC gets a number of election college votes, adding up to a total of 538 votes. More populous states get more voting college votes than less.
A candidate needs to win 270 election college votes (50% plus one) to win the election.
In every state except two ̵
Because of these rules, a candidate can win the election without getting the most votes at the national level. This happened at the last election, where Donald Trump won a majority of the Electoral College votes, although several voted for Hillary Clinton throughout the United States.
How are the results reported?
The election results on this page are reported by the Associated Press (AP). The AP “calls” the winner in a state when they decide that the backward candidate has no way to victory. This can happen before 100% of the votes in a state have been counted.
Estimates of the total vote in each state are also provided by the AP. The figures will be updated during election night, as more data on turnout will become available.
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