The 2020 United States presidential election was a tumultuous experience rife with tension, partisan politics, threats of lawsuits, protests outside polling stations, and a nation of people holding their breath. A little over half the population has taken a deep breath and the other side seems to be in shock. Of course, there are millions of people who choose to stay away from politics so they’re simply going about their day as normal. In a way, it was a normal day and at the same time, it was not. This election has broken quite a few records. The number of registered voters, the number of actual voters, the number of voters for the winning candidate are among the records that have been broken.
The previous election in 2016 was the first in a while where the candidate with popular vote did not win the election. The 2020 elections did not follow in that vein as President-Elect Biden won the majority vote and more of the electoral seats. This whole concept might be confusing to some people as most democracies usually ascribe to the belief that the candidate with the popular vote wins. Here’s a quick rundown on the electoral college. The college consists of 538 electors and the candidate needs a majority of 270 and above to win. The Electoral college is a group of electors that most come together every four years to elect the president and the vice president. This is required by the Constitution. Every jurisdiction is entitled to at least 3 electoral votes. The electoral college votes always determine the elected President. Now that we understand how that works let’s discuss the election.
The United States is a multi-party state however there are two main parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The current presiding President, Donald Trump is a Republican president while the President-Elect, Joe Biden is a Democrat. This year’s election is notable for several reasons. The first one being the intense agitation from both parties as well as the major turnout of voters. Voters have various demands but the major one would be the pandemic. The Trump administration has received a lot of criticism concerning how it dealt with the pandemic and the enforcing of social distancing rules. A lot of citizens believe President Trump completely failed in how he addressed and handled Covid-19. The United States currently has the highest number of deaths with 241 thousand deaths.
Trump’s administration has also been criticized for his response to climate change and the current state of the nation’s economy. Regardless of these criticisms, Trump still manages to have a group of die-hard supporters who showed up to the polls in large numbers and made this a hard-won victory. Even before the election, we knew that this particular election was going to be tumultuous and intense for the United States and its allies. However, the votes have spoken and in January 2021, we shall inaugurate a new President.