Written by Elijah Smith
Since the foundation of the United States of America, one of the staples of the Unites States government has been the quadrennial election of the president. The United States is unique in that they use a system of electing the president that is unlike any other system in the world. Whereas other countries pick their chief executive from their member of parliament or by using a nationwide popular vote system, the United States stand alone in using the Electoral College system.
The Electoral College was the result of a compromise by the Founding Fathers. There was much disagreement about what the presidency would look like, who the president represents, and what the selection process would entail. Eventually it was decided that the only method that would appease and dissatisfy everybody equally was a system such as the Electoral College. Today, the Electoral College leaves the selection of the president up to 538 electors, chosen by the popular vote of each state, and is separate from the results of the national vote tally.
In 2016 the Electoral College performed as it was designed. Although more people overall voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the Electoral College accounted for the lopsided support in urban areas vs. rural areas. Therefore, President Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote and was sworn into office on January 20, 2017.
This year, on November 3, 2020, the nation once again came together to select the next president of the United States. Faced with an unprecedented public health crisis and many new statewide restrictions, the United States’ presidential election was one like no other. In most states across the country, early voting turnout skyrocketed to record highs. Mail-in voting became increasingly popular despite opposition from many voter-fraud conscience voters. On election night results trickled in from all over the country, with many states reporting results much slower than normal. As the night dragged on it became apparent that there would not be a winner declared on that Tuesday evening.
Eventually results came in. Results from Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia sealed what was already expected by many: Democratic nominee Joe Biden is the apparent President-elect of the United States of America. Despite the many lawsuits being filed across the country and the numerous accusations of mass voter-fraud, there is a very low chance that the result of the election will be reversed. However, as many older citizens have told me this week, it’s not over until the fat lady sings.