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President Trump continued to tweet that he won the Nov. 3 Presidential Election, but his legal team has not presented evidence in court or in public that the election was rigged or otherwise unfair.

If the law is followed we should expect that former Joseph Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20 as the 46th President of the United States.

But if you can’t wait till then, here are the other dates to watch in that process

Dec. 8 is the "safe harbor" deadline when each state, six days in advance of the Electoral College meeting, must certify its votes.

Members of the Electoral College meet and vote on Dec. 14.

Jan. 6 is the joint session of Congress where those final votes are presented and confirmed.

How likely is it that Donald Trump is going to break this chain of events?

Dallas lawyer and SMU adjunct law professor Eric Cedillo said based on the lawsuits filed by Trump, he is losing that fight.

Election Crises

The National Task Force on Election Crises is calling on the General Services Administration to ascertain that Joe Biden is the president-elect.

Doing so will give Biden’s transition team funding, office space and security briefings.

Tammy Patrick is a member of the The National Task Force on Election Crises and the Elections Senior Advisor at the Democracy Fund. She and others have been planning for a rough transition of presidential power.

Militias For Trump

What happens if President Trump exhausts his legal options to remain in power and resort to brute force. Or will a well-armed group of devoted followers take action on their own?

Reuters reporter and correspondent Brad Brooks reports that some Texas supporters of Trump say they’re willing to take up arms against the American government the minute that Trump gives them the order.

Texas Gov. Davis

What happens when the executive branch refuses to concede and leave office after losing an election? There’s a Texas governor in history for that — Edmund J. Davis. Historian Carl Moneyhon wrote Gov. Davis' biography. Moneyhon is a specialist in the history of the American Civil War and the South. Among his books is “Edmund J. Davis of Texas: Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor.”

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David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi