The Inauguration Process: What Happens Next?


Sana Muneer, Lenses Editor

On November 7, 2020, Donald Trump was defeated in the 2020 Presidential Election after Democratic candidate Joe Biden beat him by 306 electoral votes to his 232. But what happens next?

The meeting of the members of the Electoral College takes place on December 14, 2020. The electors will meet in their state and cast their respective votes for president and vice president, and the vote count will be finalized on January 6, 2021.

Joe Biden is expected to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021, and this specific date has been set by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, and every president before him and after him will be inaugurated on the same day.

To start off the inauguration ceremony, the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, will be sworn in. Second will be the president, who will take the oath of office and then will finish with an inaugural address which will outline his plans for his presidency term. 

The outdoor traditional ceremony in front of the US Capitol in Washington DC has been set to occur pending the coronavirus status. Anyone can purchase tickets to attend and sit on the bleachers or catch a glimpse from the West Front.

As of now, the inauguration is prepared to be scaled back if needed, but since the event occurs on federal property, it does not need to follow the district’s coronavirus restriction policies.