编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年1月7日 作者:美国之音双语新闻(VOA News)
Electoral College Vote Certifies Trump's Presidential Victory
Members of the U.S. Congress have officially counted Electoral College votes and verified Donald Trump's election as the 45th U.S. president.
The electoral vote count is the final step in legitimizing the results of the national vote held on November 8, 2016. It is the responsibility of the vice president to certify the vote of the Electoral College, which meant Vice President Joe Biden presided over Friday's joint session of Congress.
During the vote count, Democratic members of the House of Representatives objected to votes reported from at least 10 states, because of complaints about voter suppression and the belief that Russia used online influence to tamper with election results.
Federal law mandates that an objection must be supported by a member of the other house of Congress in order to be discussed. When House members raised objections, senators stayed quiet, so in each case Biden was obliged to respond by saying, "There can be no debate."
Toward the end of the count, Representative Maxine Waters, an African-American member of the Democratic Party from California, pleaded for at least one senator to stand up in support of her objection. In answer, Republicans booed.
Protesters also attended the joint session, in the public seating area. Several were ejected when their behavior become disruptive.
The final electoral count was 304 votes for Trump and 227 for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Seven electors registered "protest votes" for other candidates. Biden made the formal announcement declaring Trump the winner after the count was complete.
Trump and his vice president-elect, Mike Pence, will be sworn into office on January 20.