The 2020 Presidential Election

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Noelle Buehrer

The 2020 presidential election was one of the most stressful in U.S. history. With a global pandemic sweeping the nation and human rights being violated all over the place, there was a lot at stake. There were four registered candidates, but because of the two party system in place, it came down to Donald Trump versus Joe Biden. Many people chose to vote by mail this year for health and safety reasons, which made counting votes more difficult than usual. Election Day was November 3rd, but the winner wasn’t determined until November 7th when the electoral college was called. It took 270 electoral votes to win the election, and Joe Biden received a total of 306. 

There were many factors in this election that made it unusual. For starters, the sheer number of mail-in votes took time to arrive and be counted. That problem alone caused a great delay in results. People also took issue with the fact that Joe Biden received more votes than any presidential candidate in history, yet because of the electoral college, his victory took nearly a week to be confirmed. Even though the results came in with no evidence of illegal votes, Donald Trump tried to claim voter fraud, filing lawsuits with states he lost and tweeting that he won. 

The weeks and especially days leading up to the election, as well as the week following, caused a lot of anxiety in the U.S. and elsewhere. Thankfully, the uncertainty is mostly over and Americans can heave a sigh of relief (for the end of the election; not the end of the pandemic).