Saturday morning, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, secured the ticket for the 2020 presidential election, becoming President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States. The election, painted with tension, anticipation, and ardent feelings across the country, was further met with discontent and unacceptance as President Trump and his campaign sued several battleground states, laying the groundwork for contesting the results of the election.
The states sued by the Trump campaign include Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, all states won by President-elect Biden. Despite the absence of evidence of voter and election fraud, President Trump made and continues to make a multitude of tweets falsely claiming the election, accusing states of making votes disappear, making distinctions between “legal” and “illegal” votes, and demanding that votes (particularly mail-in ballots) stop being counted. President Trump also released a statement rejecting that Biden won the election and declaring that his campaign will “start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
Due to unprecedented numbers in voters this year, the results of the election took longer to announce, particularly due to the vast number of mail-in ballots, which accounted for a vast number of votes in the election. In every election, however, “results reported on election night are unofficial and the counting of ballots extends past Election Day. Mail ballots normally take more time to verify and count. This year, because of the large numbers of mail ballots and a close race, results were expected to take longer.” Record numbers of ballots cast prior to Election Day resembled a trend that particularly favored Democrats, as President Trump denounced and discouraged the method of mail-in ballots for the election. Republican strategist Scott Jennings shared with NPR:
At some juncture, he’s going to have to accept that the election didn’t go his way. The weight of American democracy and the weight of our institutions and the weight of the momentum of how all this works will, frankly, make whatever he says less important.– Scott Jennings, Republican strategist
Worth noting are the Republican officials who have openly denounced President Trump and his campaign amid the 2020 presidential election, especially regarding his statements about the validity of the election and its results. Over 70 former senior Republican officials signed a statement asserting that “We are profoundly concerned about our nation’s security and standing in the world under the leadership of Donald Trump. The President has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.”
Also worth noting, if now more than ever, is the democratic process of elections. Delayed election results are neither unusual or indicative of election and/or voter fraud. They simply mean that democracy is indeed working and that every vote is and should be voted.