As the 2020 presidential election is drawing to a close, I’m confident in saying this has been one of the most intense, stressful elections I’ve ever witnessed. From the choice of candidates to the debates, this election has been unlike any other any of us have ever seen. Even though the election is over, things still haven’t died down and probably won’t any time soon.
It was recently reported by USA Today that nearly 300,000 mail-in ballots can’t be traced by the Post Office. This is an issue that should’ve been addressed before the actual election was over so that people who mailed in ballots still had the opportunity to vote in person. Louis DeJoy, the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, was one of Trump’s top donors. It seems like a tactic to help Trump win. “Just because something didn’t have [a delivery scan] does not translate at all into ‘it was not delivered,’” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, to Recode. This may be true, but it still seems a little suspicious.
Pressing information is changing by the minute, but as it stands, Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania are the only states waiting to announce which candidate will win the electoral college votes from their states. According to experts, Biden is currently on track to win this presidential election and has 264 electoral college votes to Trump’s 214. Biden only needs Nevada to win and “The Nevada secretary of state’s elections division says it will give its next update on results Thursday morning,” according to NPR.
Trump obviously isn’t pleased with the fact that he’s losing and took his favorite approach: making tweets. Of course, his tweets were related to the election but they were hidden by Twitter because the site says the tweets might be misleading. It was expected for Trump to take it hard, but at the same time, what’s so difficult about losing and bowing out gracefully? If you had done your job for the four years you were in office, you wouldn’t have to worry about whether you would get the vote or not. The votes speak for themselves.
The suspense of this election is driving me crazy. I need to hear something soon because I’m starting to panic. Either way the election goes, there is going to be chaos everywhere so be cautious, careful, and stay safe.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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