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.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election. While we may celebrate the end of Donald Trump’s disastrous presidency, let’s not fall asleep and tune out politics. People may cheer about the fact we now have “civility” in the White House. They may cheer about how things will be back to “normal.” But the normal of the Barack Obama years isn’t desirable.
After a grueling five-day wait period — with my own home state garnering intense scrutiny over its ballot counting — the Associated Press (AP) finally called the race for former Vice President Joe Biden. The 74.8 million people who voted nationally against Trump can breathe a sigh of relief, but only for a second. Establishment Democrats pushed Biden on claims he would help down-ballot races — but that’s obviously not the case.
Every four years Americans are sold on a set of ideas. Not just about the candidates they vote for, or the platforms they espouse, but also about the values of the country that they live in. American presidential elections can make our democracy appear a lot more democratic than it really is.
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.
I got my mail-in ballot the other day and for the first time in my life, I voted in a presidential election. Bubbling my vote in like some sort of take-home test isn’t how I imagined my first federal election would be.
This past Monday Oct. 12 was Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a holiday celebrating and honoring Native peoples while acknowledging the legacy of settler colonialism and ethnic cleansing that’s decimated Native populations.