Biden-Harris Win US 2020 Election
This year’s US Presidential Election has been one-of-a-kind, to use the politest of descriptors. Among the most divisive in the nation’s history, the election faced allegations of voter suppression, sabotage efforts against the USPS, a year of COVID-19, and immensely divisive politics. Although not all votes have been counted as of November 8th, 2020, President-Elect Joe Biden reached the required 270 electoral votes to call the election in his favor, sent over the finish line by swing state Pennsylvania. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has made history as much as the record number of votes in the ticket as the first woman and woman of color to be elected VP in US’s lifetime.
The pandemic impacted the debates, rallies, and in-person voting. While President Trump underplayed the significance of COVID-19 and encouraged his supporters to attend large gatherings such as his rallies and to vote in-person, President-Elect Biden entreated all who could vote early and mail-in their ballots to do so. Voters complied in record numbers with voter turnout greatly outnumbering that of the last century of elections. The large quantity of mail-in and early ballots led to a delay in official results being called. As most mail-in ballots were those who voted for Biden, Trump’s apparent early lead quickly disappeared as counts went forward.
Twenty states count as votes come in, but the rest must wait according to state laws until shortly before November 3rd. Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Alabama cannot count early votes until the day of the election. President Trump endeavored to call the election early, despite not all votes being counted, construing the continued count as somehow illicit. The implication led Trump supporters to protest in Michigan and Arizona. Legal action was taken by Trump’s legal team, forcing many early votes to be re-examined and further delaying results. Efforts to prove voter fraud have no yielded results as of this time, and all votes received on or before November 3rd will be counted for complete numbers.
Biden and Harris addressed the nation Saturday evening on November 8th, working to restore respect for the United States abroad, supporting education, fighting COVID, and upholding values of unity, saying “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, to lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies; they are Americans.” Denying President Trump a second divisive term is equal to the relief Biden supporters feel at having a candidate who values professionalism and respect. While there remains a great deal of progress to be made, Americans have made the critical first step toward reforming the sources of turmoil in the United States. Inauguration will take place on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at which point Biden ensures citizens his team of transition advisors appointed on November 9th will have a concrete blueprint for addressing the issues before us, one defined by decency, science, and empathy.