Not exactly. In November, more than 155 million Americans cast their votes for president—the most in U.S. history. Biden, the Democratic candidate, received more than 81 million votes. That was about 7 million more than Trump, the Republican candidate, received.
But in the U.S., voters don’t directly elect the president. Instead, we use a system called the Electoral College. The candidate who receives the most popular votes in a state wins that state’s electoral votes. There are 538 electoral votes in all. A candidate who wins at least 270 of them is elected president.
With wins in 25 states and Washington, D.C., Biden racked up 306 electoral votes. (Click here to learn more about the Electoral College.) On December 14, electors in each state met to cast their votes.
But according to the U.S. Constitution, Congress must count the Electoral College votes to make the election results official. That is why members of Congress were meeting on January 6.