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Trump said he’s not planning to accept the result of the Electoral College

On Monday, the constitutional body known as the Electoral College will meet and vote, officially making Joe Biden President-elect of the United States. Electors from 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather across the country to cast their ballots, which will confirm Joe Biden as the rightful 46th president.

Despite a myriad of recounts and legal challenges, the Trump campaign has not been able to upend the results of the November 3rd election, with Joe Biden winning 306 electoral votes against the President’s 232; the Democrat won with a record 81.3 million votes, or 51.3 per cent of those cast, to 74.2 million, and 46.8 percent, for the Republican president.

With all states certified, the College will make its election with the newly seated House confirming that result on January 6.

As lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Newsmax TV's "STINCHFIELD" show on Friday night, the Trump campaign is not going to stop fighting in court. That fight will officially have to overturn the results of the election set to declare Biden the winner.

"The case wasn't rejected on the merits, the case was rejected on standing," Giuliani told host Grant Stinchfield, discussing the campaign’s take on the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Texas lawsuit.

"The answer to that is to bring the case now in the district court by the president, by some of the electors, alleging the same facts where there would be standing and therefore get a hearing."

Any faltering hopes Trump might still harbor of hanging on to power were shattered on Friday when the US supreme court bluntly dismissed a lawsuit led by Texas to block Biden’s victory in four other states. In a different case, a Wisconsin supreme court judge decried Trump’s lawsuit aiming to nullify the votes of 200,000 Americans, saying it “smacked of racism”.

Despite the categoric rebuff that Trump has suffered in dozens of cases, including before the nation’s highest court, his unprecedented ploy to tear up democratic norms continues to inflict untold damage on the country with potential long-term consequences. The Texas-led push to overturn the election result was backed by 126 Republicans in the House of Representatives – almost two-thirds of the party’s conference – as well as Republican state attorneys general from 18 states.

This weekend, when asked on Fox News whether he would attend Biden's inauguration on Jan 20 - as demanded by protocol and centuries of tradition - the former real estate magnate snapped, "I don't want to talk about that."

The president might yet seek to use America's drawn-out transition process in one last attempt to reverse the outcome: some elected officials allied with Trump have speculated about contesting the result on Jan 6 when Congress is to formally validate the Electoral Congress tally.

Biden will then deliver a speech in the evening to celebrate the latest confirmation of his win and "the strength and resilience" of US democracy - a clear jab at Trump's unprecedented stance. Trump's struggle against a repeatedly confirmed result seems sure to leave Biden facing a steep challenge with the country more divided than ever.

The electoral college votes will be tallied, certified and sent off

The votes for president and vice-president are counted and the electors sign six "Certificates of the Vote".

Each certificate is paired with a certificate from the governor detailing the state's vote totals, with each pair then sent to various officials.

The most important copy is sent to the current President of the Senate— Vice-President Mike Pence. This is the copy that will be officially counted later.

Two copies go to the secretary of state in the elector's state, two are sent to the Archivist of the United States, and one is sent to the federal judge in the district where the electors have assembled.

All certificates must be delivered by December 24.

At the first meeting of Congress in Washington DC on January 4, the archivist will hand over every certificate received from state governors.

Then, on January 7, in a joint session of Congress where both the House and Senate meet in-person in the House chamber, the votes are read aloud and tallied.

The candidate who receives 270 votes or more is the winner, although with all state election results now certified the victory is almost certainly Joe Biden's.

If at least one member of each house objects in writing to some electoral votes, the House and Senate meet separately to debate the issue.

A small group of Mr Trump's loyal supporters in Congress are plotting a last-minute challenge to the outcome in a number of states.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives must vote to sustain the objection for it to matter, and the Democratic-led House is unlikely to go along with any objections to votes for Joe Biden.

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