The members of US Electoral College voted for Joe Biden on Monday, making his victory for the American presidential race official. Biden was declared the winner with 306 electoral votes while Donald Trump received 232 electoral votes.
In a speech after the announcement, Biden said it is “time to turn the page,” adding that democracy in the United States had been “pushed, tested and threatened” and “proved to be resilient, true and strong.”
He condemned President Trump’s attempts to overturn the result and said the “will of the people prevailed.”
Speaking in Delaware, Biden praised “ordinary men and women” who had refused to be bullied, referring to the president’s efforts to question and overturn the results, involving legal challenges which have been rejected by courts across the country.
“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago,” he said. “And we know that nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power, can extinguish that flame.”
Biden said it was time to “turn the page, as we’ve done throughout our history, to unite, to heal.”
The results of the voting process will be sent to Washington D.C. and formally counted in a joint session of Congress on January 6, presided over by Vice-President Mike Pence.
That will pave the way for Joe Biden to be sworn in as president on January 20, 2021.