The Arduous Conclusion of 2020’s Torturously Long Election Process

After one of the longest elections in the nations history, Joseph R. Biden secured the 46th presidency.

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After one of the longest elections in the nation’s history, Joseph R. Biden secured the 46th presidency.

It has been settled, Former Vice President, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania will take charge as America’s 46th President, succeeding 45th President, Donald John Trump. History has also been made for the Democratic Party, securing their first win of the state of Georgia in 28 years. The new president is set to be sworn-in to office on January 20, 2021.

The country has declared its winner, despite current president and Republican candidate Donald Trump’s lawsuits alleging voter fraud against Biden’s campaign, in 5 states: Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. The latter of which became the “butt of a joke” as Nevada has been ridiculed by citizens all over the country and the world for its enormously slow ballot-counting process. Election Night became Election Week, as it started on Tuesday, November 3rd, and stretched out to the weekend, when Biden was declared the winner of the election Saturday afternoon (November 7th). President Trump’s threats of lawsuits spread the conversation, and confusion, into the month of December. However, the status of the cases has swayed heavily against President Trump as most have been dismissed or withdrawn. Even after official recounts of the votes, including in Georgia, President-elect Joseph Biden is holding on to his title. 

One familiar with Presidential elections may know that winning swing states are crucial to have a chance to win the presidency, and that narrative has not changed for this election. Biden won because he won five important swing states. The margins in some of these states, Arizona and Georgia, were .3% more for Biden than Trump which illustrates how close this election was. These key swing states collectively gave Biden 73 electoral votes that could have gone either way. 

Despite the legal tensions, Biden will be our 46th president, so a quick biography of the man projected to take the responsibility of the office couldn’t hurt. Biden was born on November 20th, 1942. He was a Senator in the state of Delaware from 1973 to 2009, until he became the Vice President of the U.S. under the administration of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Biden has 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. 1 of those children, Joseph “Beau” Biden III, passed away recently due to complications with a brain tumor. This is not the only tragedy President-Elect Biden has faced throughout his long life. In 1972, his first wife, Neilia Hunter, and the 3 children he had with her were involved in a fatal car accident that ended in the tragic death of his wife and injured the 3 children. 

Regardless of who you voted for, Biden taking control of the country will have a great impact on all of us. Biden’s key policies include plans to tackle climate change by ensuring

President-Elect Joe R. Biden pictured with his running mate, and future vice-president, Kamala Harris (courtesy of JoeBiden.Com)

that the U.S. reaches a 100% clean energy economy alongside net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Doing this includes eradicating petrol and diesel vehicles from public roads, making his plan a steep task, but not impossible. Biden’s gun control policy includes holding “gun manufacturers accountable,” meaning gun manufacturers would be involved in legal cases if the gun they manufactured was used to commit a crime. His plan also will try to illegalize assault weapons and high-capacity magazines for commercial use. Like Biden’s climate plan, this is a steep task, because America’s most popular rifle is an assault weapon, the AR-15. However, how he wants to carry this out seems reasonable, as he plans to enact a program to buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from the citizens who already own the weaponry. For healthcare, Biden has made it clear that he wants to reverse the work that President Trump has put into repealing Obamacare, and in turn, achieve the milestone of giving every American citizen access to affordable health insurance by building on the Affordable Care Act. 

Senior Blaze Grabowski, a former University of Pennsylvania Model Congress Presidential Nominee, had some input to give for the Cats’ Eye View. Here are some of the questions he was asked. 

Q: What emotions were you feeling at the end of the first election day with so many undecided states in the balance?

Grabowski: I was excited in the respect of what was going to happen, but I was also anxious for what was going to happen shortly. Unfortunately, I was also disappointed in our current President, because he declared a victory before it was officially determined or before a concession from Biden.

Q: What were your expectations going into the election, did you expect it to be smooth, or rocky like how it turned out? 

Grabowski: I expected Biden to win the first night because I thought Biden would win Florida, and be closer in Texas. The election was a lot closer than I thought it would be.

Q: Do you believe that the electoral college is fair? 

Grabowski: In one respect, I feel like it does a good job in expressing differences in regional geographics and helps all parts of the country contribute to our politics. But at the same rate, it allows one party to have fewer votes than the other, and it fosters a two-party system, instead of a multi-party system that can exist to combat different issues and coalitions that arise within our country.

All in all, regardless of who you voted for, or regardless if you agree with Mr. Grabowski’s viewpoints, American needs to work together to improve as a nation and leave the bad blood and tension of this election in the past to focus on what needs to be done to unify the country. After all, we are the United States of America. To quote former Democratic presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, “It’s not left, it’s not right, it’s forward.”