WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-Elect Joe Biden established his transition team on Monday.
The first order of business was to put a Coronavirus Task Force into place to help his administration manage the pandemic.
But, because President Donald Trump has not conceded the election, the transition has not started at the White House.
However, there are key dates between now and Biden’s inauguration to solidify the results.
On Dec. 8, all 50 states will have their votes certified. Following the certification, the electoral votes allocated for the winner of their state’s electors will be sent to the electoral college.
Any outstanding issues need to be resolved by this date – including voter fraud, an issue some Republicans say isn’t there.
“At this point, we’ve not seen any story of credible examples,” said Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia.
On Dec. 14, electors from each state will meet to finalize the state’s results for the election.
Nine days later, the electoral college will certify the vote, which will be sent to the U.S. Senate.
On Jan. 3, Congress will be sworn-in. Three days later, Congress officially counts the votes, and the results are declared, with one presidential candidate passing the 270 electoral vote bench mark.
On Jan. 20, Biden will be sworn-in.
The wild card over the next few months is the possible legal challenges from the Trump Campaign. It is not clear how that might influence the timeline.