California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 55 electors who pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially giving him the Electoral College majority required to win the White House.
The formal approval from the Secretary of State Alex Padilla confirming Biden's win in the state brought his tally of pledged electors so far to 279, which is over the 270 thresholds for victory.
These election steps are often ignored, but the continued objections from President Donald Trump denying Biden's victory aimed at overturning the results before they are finalized, have forced officials to consider all aspects.
Edward B. Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University said, though everybody knows that Biden won the presidential election, his accrual of more than 270 electors is the first step toward his victory and winning the White House.
Foley said, “It is a legal milestone, and the first milestone that has that status.”
“Everything before that was premised on what we call projections.”
The electors named Friday will meet on Dec. 14, along with counterparts in each state, to formally vote for the next president. Most states have laws binding their electors to the winner of the popular vote in their state, measures that were upheld by a Supreme Court decision this year. There have been no suggestions that any of Biden's pledged electors would contemplate not voting for him.