Joe Biden on Monday cleared the 270-electoral-vote mark to formalize his victory in the US presidential election.
Biden reached the milestone with California's 55 votes. After Hawaii then added its tally, Biden reached 306 votes. Current US President Donald Trump received 232.
"In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," Biden said in remarks prepared for an evening speech. "We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact."
Trump, who has long refuted the results of the election, continued to make claims that the election was rigged on Monday. In a tweet, he said an unreleased report of voting in a Michigan county could be an "election changing result." The claim was flagged by Twitter as disputed.
What is the Electoral College?
The Electoral College has taken on a more important role in 2020 as Trump has so far refused to concede the election.
The electoral college is the 538 electors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the same number of representatives and senators in Congress. They typically meet in their respective state capital and vote for president and vice president.
Every state and DC except Maine and Nebraska work under a winner-take-all policy, where the candidate with the most votes in their state receives their entire allotment. Each state's electoral college vote allotment is determined by its population from the census every ten years.
Maine and Nebraska have two electors that select the candidate with the most votes statewide, and each Congressional district selects their own elector that will support the district's choice. Maine had three electoral college votes for Biden and one for Trump, while Nebraska saw four electors support Trump and one go for Biden.