Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen walk to cast their ballots during early voting in Indianapolis, Friday, Oct. 23,…
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen walk to cast their ballots during early voting in Indianapolis, Oct. 23, 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS - Vice President Mike Pence has voted in the general election in Indianapolis.

Pence and his wife, Karen, cast absentee ballots about 8:15 a.m. Friday, shortly after the polls opened in the Indianapolis City-County Building. They voted in a drop-off ballot box outside the county clerk's office.

"It's a great honor and great to be back home again," Pence said, giving a thumbs-up sign toward cameras.

Pence did not answer questions shouted at him from the news media.

Indianapolis City-County Councilman Zach Adamson, a Democrat, was outside the building on behalf of Joe Biden's campaign.

"I'm glad he's coming to vote. We Democrats love it when people come to vote and we'd like more people to have access to the ballot. A lot of people are here because they are dissatisfied with what they are seeing, especially with the national response on COVID," Adamson said.

Jeanne Barber, 69, of Indianapolis, came to vote without realizing Pence would be there.
Barber, who uses a motorized wheel chair, said she had to wait a few extra minutes to vote because of Pence but didn't mind.

"I guess he has to vote somewhere," she said.

Annie Gresh, 42, of Noblesville, was among a handful of protesters dressed as handmaidens outside the City-County Building. She wore a red handmaiden dress with a long skirt and a bonnet.

"We are so against this administration and we want to turn the tide," Gresh said. "Instead of a blue wave, we want to see a blue tsunami."

She said Pence should have voted by mail like President Donald Trump.

"He could have done it by mail instead of holding up those people's time," Gresh said.

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.