Wisconsin on Monday certified the result of the November 3 elections in the U.S., and confirmed that President-elect Joe Biden won the majority of the votes and the 10 members of the Electoral College that correspond to the state, another setback for Donald Trump’s strategy to prevent the Democrat’s victory from being made official.
Hours earlier, the traditionally Republican Arizona (11 electoral votes) had done the same, officially declaring Joe Biden the winner, the second Democratic candidate to win in this state since 1952.
“Today I have fulfilled my duty to certify the November 3 election and, as required by state and federal law, I have signed the constituency certificate for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Wisconsin Gov.
The governor thanked the officials and workers who participated in the election process and the vote count for “ensuring that we had a safe, fair and efficient election.
The announcement came shortly after the Wisconsin Election Commission confirmed the final tally in the presidential election that gives Biden a lead of nearly 20,700 votes over Trump.
The final number is released after Trump’s campaign called for a recount of the votes in the state and covered its cost with $3 million so that eventually, not only would the result not be reversed, but Biden’s margin would be widened by more than 80 ballots.
The Wisconsin Attorney General, Josh Kaul, assured in a statement that “there is no basis to justify that there was widespread fraud and that it affected the result,” adding that the Trump campaign clearly sought to discount from the vote count the votes of two of the most populated counties and with a large representation of the black vote.
The certification of Wisconsin, a key state that passed into Democratic hands in the November 3 election, is the last one in favor of Biden, after the officialization of the results in Arizona, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, said during a virtual certification ceremony that despite “unfounded complaints” about the validity of the election result, the state held a “historic” election for different reasons.
She said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 3.4 million tickets were counted in the last election, representing an 80% turnout of registered voters in the state.
The State reported an 8% increase in voter participation compared to the 2016 Presidential election.
“We had a good election in Arizona, our electoral system is strong,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, during the same ceremony.
At the same time that the certification ceremony was taking place, members of the Trump campaign met in Phoenix to discuss what they call “evidence” that irregularities occurred in the Arizona elections, even though the courts have already dismissed a lawsuit questioning the result.
In addition, several of the president’s supporters stood outside the building with flags and banners as a way of protesting this certification of Biden’s victory.
The certification of the election results is the final step in officially giving Biden the state’s 11 electoral votes, which are critical to ensuring his ultimate victory.
This is the first time since 1996 that a Democratic presidential candidate has won the state since President Bill Clinton won re-election, and the second since 1952.
Arizona, known for its crackdown on undocumented immigration, is traditionally a Republican state, but this time it changed in a way that many activists say was largely due to the Latino vote.
Although some national media gave Biden the victory in Arizona on election night, others were more cautious and waited several days for more votes to be counted, due to the tightness of the race.
The election certification also includes the victory of Democrat Mark Kelly over Republican Senator Martha McSally for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and the passage of a new state law legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
Also present at the ceremony were Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
Trump has suffered defeat after defeat in his attempt to keep allegedly fraudulent votes, for which he did not provide evidence of their existence, from being counted in key states, and then to try to derail the process that makes the result official and put the award of Electoral College members in the hands of states with a majority of Republican legislators.
Under the Electoral College system, the winner of a presidential election must obtain a simple majority of 270 pledges, something Biden has far exceeded pending certification of results in all 50 states.