Election 2020 coverage

Joe Biden is president-elect; President Trump does not concede

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Rachael Hajec and Hannah Smrcka

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, now president-elect and vice president-elect of the United States, were elected by the American people through polls and then electoral votes on Saturday, November 7, which will end the presidency for Donald Trump after one term.

Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, makes history as the first woman and the first woman of color acting as the vice president of the United States.

Biden’s plans on key issues are to do a national test and trace program for Covid-19, raise minimum wage, invest in green energy, address criminal justice reform, rejoin the global climate accord, expand public health insurance, to have universal preschool and expand free college, and higher taxes on Americans that make above $400,000 per year.

Biden received 290 electoral votes and Trump received 214. Biden had 77,026,353 votes and Trump had 71,955,623. America had the highest voter turnout in United States history, and Biden had the highest amount of votes in history– Trump had the most votes in history for the losing candidate.

President Trump has filed over a dozen lawsuits across five states since election day over the belief that ballots were not counted correctly or were fraudulent. There are a lot of calls for a recount over disputes, but it is not the first time that anyone has ever called for a recount after an election. It will most likely be around the end of November when they have recounted and finalized all of the ballots for most states. One of the differences between the 2000 vote recount demand and the one for 2020 is that there was some evidence in 2000 that pointed highly to fake ballots and fraud, whereas most of the claims right now have not yet been backed by any supportive data. However, this election may bring change to some states recount rules, such as Pennsylvania.

There will still be more challenges that lie ahead with this election, but the initial vote is over. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated into office on January 20, 2021.