What’s Ascertainment? The Green Light to Launch Transition

The course of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition to power is dependent in part on an obscure declaration called “ascertainment.”

  • Published 9 November 2020

This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The course of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition to power is dependent in part on an obscure declaration called “ascertainment.” Here are some details on that process: WHAT IS ASCERTAINMENT? The formal presidential transition doesn’t begin until the administrator of the federal General Services Administration ascertains the “apparent successful candidate” in the general election. Neither the Presidential Transition Act nor federal regulations specify how that determination should be made. That decision green lights… Read at AP News