What You Should Know: About U.S. Power Transition

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The hotly contested 2020 elections in the United States of America did see Democratic Chief Joe Biden the winner. In particular, it did look like a powerful face-off between Biden and Republican President Donald John Trump.

Mainly, the Presidential transition refers to all the involved preparations. Especially, when the U.S. Presidential elect did take over full administration of the Federal government. Specifically, from the incumbent Head of States.

In fact, the transition of power kicks off when the incumbent candidate verifies to lose the polls. Only, after counting of votes. Then, the officials from respective states certify the tallies from every recognised state under the constitution. Later, the Electoral Commission plans their meeting in mid-December.

Moreover, the planning for transition recognises it constitutionally. Also, allows non-incumbent leaders to commence in days. So, the process begins when the U.S. General Service Administration also exercises its mandate. And declares a winner.

Meanwhile, congress then releases funds. The one that lasts until the inauguration day. When the Presidential elect takes the oath of office. Mostly, where they highlight the powers and responsibilities. And transfers them from the former or incumbent President to the President-elect.

According to the United States, the adopted 20th Amendment of the constitution from 1993 states clearly to move the transition of power. Precisely, from March 4 to January 20 after every four years.

‘Lame-Duck’ Former President

Interestingly, constitutionally the outgoing President after swearing-in is called ‘lame-duck’. Also, there are other guidelines in the Transitions Act 1963 that provides clear grounds of power transfers. This needs to take place in an orderly and peaceful manner.

In fact, there are other existing laws and customs put in place. Under the federal government that does guarantee Presidential candidates. Mainly, to receive National Security. Also, task to bear responsible for national security. The general service administration facilitates payment of equipment, office space. And other expenses.

Mainly, this process also entails publication of Plum Book. It contains over 9,000 civil leadership fraternity. And other political appointments that are submitted to the incoming administration. To review and confirm to put the same into practice.

Numerous Transition Acts and Roles

Earlier, the Transitions Acts of 1963 did put a mechanism in place. The one that requires a peaceful transition. Though, many times in the history, it did amend.  Notably, the amended Act in 1998 did rename the Presidential Transition Act. With 398 pages changing to Presidential Act 2000. Later, in 2019 it did become the Presidential Transition Act. Currently, this is in practice. It requires the President to form a transition council in June. Before the electioneering period. Only, to enhance the peaceful and orderly transition of power.

Historical Transitions

James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln from November 6th to March 4th, 1862 where the American war began in April. 2020-2021 as Donald John Trump is scheduled to hand the power to Joe Biden.

 The election ended as President Trump declared himself the victor. And took it to the supreme court where the petition was later dismissed. Mainly, due to alleged mass irregularities, corruption and misconduct. However, vowed to vacate the Whitehouse and promised not to attend the inauguration ceremony.

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