President Donald Trump walks after casting his ballot in the presidential election, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 24, 2020.
President Donald Trump walks after casting his ballot in the presidential election, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 24, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump cast his ballot for the November 3 presidential election in his adopted home state of Florida Saturday, while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden spends the day focusing on the key swing state of Pennsylvania.
 
Trump, who switched his official residence from New York to Florida last year, voted early in the day in West Palm Beach after spending the night at his nearby Mar-a-Lago resort.  
 
“It was a very secure vote. Everything was perfect,” Trump told reporters as he left the Palm Beach county library, which serves as a polling location. “It’s an honor to be voting.”
 
Asked whom he voted for, the president said, “I voted for a guy named Trump.”

The president then traveled to Lumberton, North Carolina, for a campaign rally. He was also to hold rallies in Circleville, Ohio, and Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Saturday. 

FILE - Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, Oct. 23, 2020.

Trump spoke in North Carolina as the United States on Friday hit a daily record of coronavirus cases with 83,757.

"In some ways it’s good. In many ways it’s foolish. In many ways it's foolish," Trump said of increased COVID-19 testing. “Cases are up. If we tested half, cases would be half.” 

Biden, meanwhile, held a drive-in event in Bucks County, a suburban Philadelphia county that Hillary Clinton captured by a slim margin in 2016, and in nearby Luzerne County.  Former President Barack Obama won Luzerne County twice before voters there cast ballots overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016.

On coronavirus, the former vice president warned, “There’s going to be a dark winter ahead unless we change our way.” 

Biden’s campaign also planned to seek voter support Saturday in the key state of Florida, with Obama holding a drive-in rally in North Miami on behalf of his former vice president.

Although the presidential election is less than two weeks away, more than 52 million people have already voted. Another 100 million or so are expected to cast ballots before a winner is declared. 

What Happens Next?

What It Means to Become President-Elect in the US

In the United States, Democrat Joe Biden is being called the president-elect.

President-elect is a descriptive term not an official office. As such, Biden has no power in the government, and he would not until he is inaugurated at noon on January 20, 2021.

American news networks, which track all of the vote counting, determined on November 7 that Biden’s lead had become insurmountable in Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to be president. Within minutes of determining his lead was mathematically assured, they projected him as the winner.

That is why news organizations, including VOA, are calling Biden the "projected winner."

Sometimes, in the case of particularly close elections, when news networks make this call, the other candidate does not concede victory. President Donald Trump has not done so, alleging voter fraud without substantial evidence and vowing to fight on. The president’s position has left Washington lawmakers divided, with Republicans backing a legal inquiry into allegations of vote fraud, even as they celebrate other congressional lawmakers who won their races.

When will the dispute be resolved?

The U.S. election won’t be officially certified for weeks. In the meantime, court challenges and state recounts could occur.

So far, the Trump administration has not provided evidence for any fraud that could overturn the result, but there is still time for more legal challenges.

Once states have certified the vote, pledged electors then cast their votes in the Electoral College in mid-December. Congress then certifies the overall Electoral College result in early January, about two weeks before Inauguration Day.