September 27th, 2019
2020 Presidential election breaks down barriers
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The 46th President of the United States was announced on Saturday, Nov. 7. Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to be sworn in on Jan. 20 at an outdoor inauguration ceremony.
Biden’s Vice President-Elect and former California Senator, Kamala Harris, broke down barriers for our country as the first woman, first person of color and first South Asian person to become Vice President-Elect. On Saturday night after the campaign's victory, Harris gave a speech and introduced Biden who followed her with his speech.
"Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all...including the Black women who are often, too often overlooked but so often proved they are the backbone of our democracy,” Harris said.
Following Harris, Biden expressed his hopes of bringing respect and honor back to the White
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House. Right now, Biden holds a 290-217 margin in the electoral college, with only 270 votes needed to win.
The early voting rate for the 2020 election hit a historic level, and maximum turnout set a record for the highest in about the past 120 years. With the popular vote and the electoral college vote, the American election system is broken into two elements.
“When citizens cast their ballots for president in the popular vote, they elect a slate of electors. Electors then cast the votes that decide who becomes president of the United States. Usually, electoral votes align with the popular vote in an election.” the Library of Congress website said.
This is a process that didn’t take place in 2000 or 2016.
There was a delay in the presidential election process this year, with the results coming in days after the election day. Although these delays have taken place in the past, and mail-in ballots have been available for many years, the reason for the longer delay this election was that there were more than 99 million mail-in ballots due to the pandemic. Laws in some states do not authorize counting staff until the election day itself to begin sorting through the mail-in ballots, so the process took longer because of how labor and time intensive it is.
If Biden was elected into office and had Democratic control of the House of Representatives, they would be working towards reform on health care, the economy, climate change and race, according to his platform. However, if Republicans hold their majority in the Senate, many of the changes the Biden Administration is planning may become more challenging to implement, unless senators are willing to cross party lines to support his efforts.
With COVID-19 cases rising every day, Biden has said that he is going to focus his attention early in his presidency on slowing down the spread of the virus and containing it throughout the country.
“As president, I’ll mandate [masks] in all federal buildings and all interstate transportation. Because masks save lives, period,” Biden said.
Some of his main issues include building modern infrastructure and providing zero-emissions public transportation options, addressing the climate crisis and ways to innovate clean energy technologies, constructing millions of houses and creating one million new jobs in the American auto industry.
“At this moment of profound crisis, we have the opportunity to build a more resilient, sustainable economy – one that will put the United States on an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050,” Biden’s website said.
These are all crucial issues to Biden as he hopes to make history in his first term as President of the United States.
Although this a groundbreaking election, there are a lot of suspicions of fraud in the voting process. Several Americans through social media have claimed to have gone into the voting polls only to find out that their vote had already been cast. These suspicions of fraudulent voting spurred an interest in many Americans, including Trump. Following Biden’s increasing numbers in electoral college votes, Trump said, “It’s going to end up, perhaps, at the highest court in the land, we’ll see.” There are still speculations on whether these fraudulent voting suspicions will change the outcome of the election or not, but so far none of them have been proven to be true, according to rulings by both state and federal courts. On Twitter, Trump also argued that the “U.S. Supreme Court should decide!”
After evidence of foreign interference from the 2016 election, Biden worked to not allow that to take place this election. According to a report submitted to the Attorney General, evidence was proven by the Democratic National Committee and its internet security team that there was a cyber attack by Russian hackers. A virtual event took place on Sep. 17, 2020, where there was a symposium featuring two public spotlight panels, Claire Finkelstein, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and James Clapper. It discussed how government leaders, representatives of the private sector and media figures should better plan for the possibility of international intervention in the 2020 election, especially after the amount of interference in the 2016 election.
"If elected president, I will treat foreign interference in our election as an adversarial act that significantly affects the relationship between the United States and the interfering nation's government," Biden said.
Although there are still speculations by Americans over who will be elected our new President, Biden and Harris are hopeful that the current results of both the popular vote and the projected Electoral College vote will stand.