Op-Ed: How We Know Joe Biden is the next President of the United States


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The Presidential Election. An anxiety inducing idea that has plagued the minds of Americans for nearly the entirety of the year. However, by November, that anxiety should be solved and accepted, right? Nope, this election seems to be even more controversial than ever.

A conspiracy has been circulating throughout mainstream media, whether that be left-leaning or right-leaning media. A conspiracy about fake mail-in ballots due to their being more than ever. In fact, this year was the highest turnout percentage ever in America’s election history. Many factors come into play on why this occurred, whether it be the various political movements springing up near the election period or COVID-19 keeping people indoors causing more the vote through the mail, what matters is that America was represented more accurately this election. 

Nonetheless, one thing must be accepted that came out of this election. Former Vice President Joe Biden was elected President-Elect, whether you like the outcome or not. Although the margin of victory was not huge like a Regan-esque victory, it was enough to put him back into working in the White House. An example is Pennsylvania, the only swing state that Biden desperately needed to win the presidency. Results indicated that Biden was ahead of Trump by nearly 60,000 votes as early as November 13th. He led in several of the battleground states such as Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin by more than tens of thousands of votes.

After multiple media projections showing Biden as the winning candidate, Trump began a legal challenge campaign against both counties and entire states’ electoral commissions. Despite constant lawsuits, a vast majority of the suits were thrown out for hearsay and insufficient evidence. With no real evidence, the Trump Campaign’s attorneys, including former New York City Mayo, Rudy Guliani, kept this charade of miscounted votes, or simply “fake” votes.

In a November 12th statement from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, they claimed that this election has been “the most secure in American history.”  The statement read, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the agency wrote. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.”

Although many claim that Biden is not yet the President-Elect because the electoral college won’t be finalized until the 6th of January, they fail to mention that these electors vote based on their popular vote for their representative state. The margin is officially large enough to confidently say that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House
Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez, a Senior at Ukiah High, likes to write about the political discourse that happen within the United States. He is also interested in obscure pop culture events that happen daily on a domestic scale. He plays tennis and is apart of the SEAPERCH program on campus. He also likes messing with people on Twitter.

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