The gap between US election and presidential inauguration

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The US election was held on November 8 2016, but Donald Trump does not officially become president until midday on January 20.

Until 1933, the new president was inaugurated on March 4, four months after election day.

This was then shortened to around two months with the ratification of the 20th Amendment.

The time between US election and inauguration allows for the incumbent, or ‘lame duck’, president to tie up any loose ends, and for the incoming president to prepare for his tenure by working on policy and appointing his cabinet.

But the main reason for the delay is to allow for the election to continue. On November 8, members of the public cast their votes – but not directly for who they want to be president. Americans vote for people called ‘electors’ in their state who are supporting the candidate they want to become president – this process is called the ‘Electoral College’.

The more people who live in a state, the more electors there are for that state. The candidate with the most electors wins all the state’s electoral college votes and the first candidate to win enough states to get to 270 electoral votes is elected to that office.

Mr Trump was declared officially the president-elect when the Texas votes were counted, pushing him over the 270-vote threshold.

After the December 19 vote, Mr Trump finished with 304 electoral votes and his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton got 227. Seven electors defied convention and went against the popular vote, refusing to vote for either candidate. 

The results from December 19 were confirmed by Congress on January 6.

Barack Obama will wake up in the White House on the morning of January 20. That night, Donald Trump will go to sleep for the first time in his new home.

The White House changes hands almost as instantaneously as the presidency does.

While the inaugural ceremonies are underway, staff at the White House will be frantically moving out the remnants of the Obama administration, and preparing the residence and offices for their new inhabitants.

The next morning, Mr Trump will walk from his new White House residence to the West Wing to attend to his duties as President of the United States.

Source : Telegraph

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