Early in the day Nov. 7, President-elect Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 election. People celebrated the outcome, with videos showing people dancing in the streets of Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and many other major cities in the United States. The polls indicate Biden won both the electoral votes and the popular votes, even with this news, President Donald Trump still hasn’t conceded.
“I don’t want a lot for Christmas/ There is just one thing I need,” plays over the speakers in my car as I’m driving to work. As I’m about to full-on belt and dance to this song, I wonder: is it too early to start this?
I was 14 on election night in 2016. I remember going to bed thinking I would wake up and have the next president of the United States be Hillary Clinton and that was it. I didn’t go out of my way to research and watch the news as I do now — I was 14, so my biggest concern was whether it would be Hazel or Augustus who died at the end of “The Fault In Our Stars.”
Imagine if you could rank the candidates on a ballot the way you rank your favorite movies. Ranking them in order from favorite to least favorite — knowing if your top choice doesn’t win, your vote still goes to someone you like. Well, there’s actually a voting system that does this called ranked choice voting. For the next election, Americans should try ranked-choice voting (RCV) as a new way to submit our ballots.
At the time of a person’s death, people generally take time to grieve and process their emotions, but this isn’t the case with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg — former justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg unfortunately passed away Sept. 18 due to complications with pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.
Gen-Z scrolls through social media for hours, with personalized for-you pages on TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram. We’ve even figured out how to advocate for the political officials we like through social media. The “#SettleforBiden” hashtag started trending shortly after former Vice President Joe Biden got the Democratic nomination for the President of the United States. While its intent is to help get voters for Biden, it may not be its outcome due to misunderstandings.