21 January 2022,   12:27
The US Electoral College will elect a new president today - the inauguration will take place on January 20

The 538 members of the Electoral College are set to cast votes for president and vice president on Monday - marking another step toward making President-elect Joe Biden’s victory official.

The vote is traditionally little more than a formality. But this year, with President Donald Trump resisting his defeat at every turn and waging long-shot legal battles with baseless claims of widespread fraud, the meeting comes at a tense and fragile moment for the country’s democratic institutions and is one that will happen irrespective of the outgoing president"s efforts to subvert the electoral process.

The electors will seal Biden as the winner ahead of his swearing in at the inauguration on Jan. 20. His margin of victory in the Electoral College is expected to be 306 votes to Trump’s 232, if there are no surprises.