2020 Election Results
by Aliscia Phillips, editor and chief
NOVEMBER 2020 – At the writing of this article, Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. Despite numerous recounts in states like Georgia and Wisconsin where the results were close, Biden has maintained a significant lead with a current total of 306 electoral votes versus Trump’s 232. The election has been officially called by the Associated Press in favor of Biden and it is unlikely at this point that any major changes will occur state-by-state.
Jarrod Cummings, a junior at Bio-Med explains that the results were not incredibly shocking to him. “I am honestly not surprised as President Trump has lost a good amount of support this past year due to the Coronavirus pandemic and other major issues. I am surprised, however, by how many votes Joe Biden was leading by. I thought it would be much closer, to be honest.”
The way the pandemic was handled by the Trump Administration likely played a role in his loss. Bio-Med Science Academy senior Avery Coates describes, “Personally, I felt that President Trump’s COVID-19 response was lackluster. The strategies that took foreign nations and local cities weeks to implement took months for the President to enforce, if at all. Even then, these efforts were not consistent, and have led to several spikes and periods of lockdowns. However, not all of these failures can be attributed to Trump. The executive branch, while powerful, cannot create many policies and mandates (such as cash stimuli) without support from Congress, and both the Republican Senate and Democrat House have refused to work together and with President Trump on meaningful solutions to the pandemic. Countless Americans remain sick, hungry, and at risk of eviction due to petty differences and political party lines. While many can argue that the COVID-19 virus is overblown by the media and government, the crisis would have ultimately been resolved, or at least reduced, if Trump created a consistent, bi-partisan effort. Other nations, such as Australia and Japan, have returned to some sense of normality as the US must re-enter lockdowns once again.”
Another hot topic this election has been voter fraud. Bio-Med senior Jacob Fergis expresses his worries about possible voter fraud: “As far as the elections themselves, especially the general election for POTUS, I have no doubt that there was some foul play going on, most likely on both sides, but I’ve seen videos of people going through and filling out multiple ballots, and I’ve heard reports of there being ballots found thrown out or discarded.”
The United States does struggle with election fraud according to The Heritage Foundation database which holds a sampling of 1,285 proven cases of voter fraud within the last four years. However, this year’s results have not been disproportionately affected by voting fraud, and President Trump’s claims of a fraudulent election aren’t backed by evidence. The New York Times called election officials from many states who said there has been no evidence to support the claim that fraud has influenced the election results. In fact, the process has gone very smoothly considering complications due to the pandemic, according to both Democratic and Republican officials. In a released statement, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”
While the results of this year’s election should not be doubted, it is important to students that the United States continues to keep voter fraud under control. Jacob Fergis says, “I was hoping that because of more public knowledge about the fraud, it might actually be exposed and dealt with. I know Trump will be and already is taking legal action to get recounts and investigations, but there’s a lot of resistance against it, and I just want the fraud exposed, no matter what side it’s on.”
At the writing of this article, however, most of the legal motions filed have been withdrawn by the Trump campaign or dismissed or denied by the courts.
Other students are less worried about what is to come. “While people say the election is scary, I don’t see much change happening,“ says Coates.
Despite his political worries, Fergis also believes that his personal life won’t be majorly impacted. “Most likely, my day-to-day life won’t change much. I think it’s likely that things like taxes and gas prices could go up, maybe Biden/Harris will try to raise the minimum wage, which would get me more money as a minimum wage worker, but I am against raising the minimum wage. Another thing that could change is more restrictions due to Covid. Other than some of those things, I don’t think my everyday life will be affected much.”
Younger students at Bio-Med are showing interest in the election as well. Seventh-grader Molly Phillips was happy about the turnout. “The results were unexpected, but turned out to be good. I didn’t like Trump’s treatment of POC, the LBGT community, or women.”
It’s never too early, or late for that matter, to get involved with politics and practice civil duty by voting. The next presidential election will take place in 2024.