U.S. election: What happens if Trump loses to Biden, but refuses to concede?

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On Friday, Trump again sowed doubt about the election results, saying the only way he would lose is "if there's mischief."
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U.S. President Donald Trump is doubling down on claims that the upcoming election could be rigged, leading experts to sound the alarm over what could be the country's first non-peaceful transition of power.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump would not commit to a peaceful transfer, should he lose to Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Nov. 3.

"Well we're going to have to see what happens," he said. "You know that I've been complaining about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster."

"There won't be a transfer, frankly," he said. "There'll be a continuation."

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"And it'll have to be on a big scale, so be careful," he said during a campaign rally. "And we do want a very friendly transition, but we don't want to be cheated and be stupid."

Trump has repeatedly claimed that the use of mail-in ballots amid the novel coronavirus pandemic will result in a "rigged election," despite experts saying the practice is safe.

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Matthew Lebo, chair of political science at Western University said he was "not surprised" by Trump's comments.

"He's been hinting around those comments and building up to them for four years," he said. "In 2016, he won the election, he became president and still complained that people were cheating him and [had] managed to cheat him out of his popular vote victory."

Lebo said he has a "really hard time believing" that Trump will concede if he loses.

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"I don't expect that at all," he said.

Lebo explained that after the votes are counted by the states, the results are presented to a joint session of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

"The vice-president — who is also the president of the Senate — will receive the electoral votes. They each will have been certified by the different states," he…
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