WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential electors in key battleground states have cast the votes that will affirm Joe Biden as the nation’s next president.

Monday's action by the Electoral College was a formality that took on added importance this year because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he lost his race for reelection.

Biden said, in remarks prepared for a nighttime speech: “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed."

Heightened security was in place in some states as electors in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin - the six battleground states that Biden won and Trump contested - gave Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their votes Monday in low-key proceedings.

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