Record-Breaking Turnout Caps 2020 Election

Emma Schifferl, Staff Writer

After much anticipation on both sides related to the close numbers on Election Day, it is clear that Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States, returning to Washington after serving as vice-president under then-President Obama. The 2020 election saw the largest voter turnout in American history with 154 million people voting.

Donald Trump and his team have raised concerns over voter fraud this election. Many of President Trump’s supporters and allies have called the election rigged and asked for a recount in swing states. On Thursday, November 26, President Trump said that he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Biden. However, he has stated that he has no plans to concede to Mr. Biden. President Trump garnered more than 74 million votes in this election, a number equaling 46.8% of the electorate.

President-elect Biden has been determined to be the next President, however President Trump has not been welcoming. After large amounts of hostility towards the idea for Mr. Biden sitting in the President’s Daily Briefings, Monday the 30th of November marked the first day that both Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris heard the briefings. President-elect Biden accumulated more than 81 million votes (51.3% of the vote).

This election has been monumental for many reasons. It will be remembered for the large number of mail-in ballots, which were related to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the large online campaign presence that both candidates had on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. The record-breaking voter turnout was largely the culmination of these efforts.

There will certainly be many twists and turns in the election news, but the overall picture has become clearer.