Northeast Student’s Reactions to the 2020 Election

Lilly Ryken

Early Saturday morning, Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States. Add local element.

The Republican Party candidate this year was Donald Trump, who was hoping to secure another four years in office. Republicans are the conservative party of the United States

“Although I am unhappy that my candidate didn’t win, I have no plans to say Mr. Biden is not my president,” Student Sam Beran, registered Republican, said “I know that once he is sworn in, he will be, regardless of whether I like it or not.”

The Democratic Party candidate, Joe Biden, is now the president elect. Mr. Biden is an experienced politician. He is best known for serving as Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years.

“I am happy Joe Biden won the election.” Student Aydon Stewart, registered Democrat, said “I have noticed America has wounds that need to be healed. I feel as if Mr. Biden can steer the country into the right direction.”

Junior Kubes, freshman, did not vote. His reason being he couldn’t choose one candidate to vote for confidently, he said

“To be honest, neither of the candidates caught my attention. After I did my research, I realized I could not make a decision.” He said.

 

The United States declares president by using the electoral college. Like most voting systems, the electoral college has its pros and cons. Usually it reflects the popular vote but in the past five elections, two have failed to reflect the population vote. One was the 2016 election when Donald Trump won.

There are a total of 538 electoral college votes up for grabs. Each state gets a number of votes based on the state’s population. The winner is the candidate that wins 270 votes or more. This basically means votes are taken by the state and not nationwide. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016, she was defeated by the electoral college.

 

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