The Rundown of Election Night

By Carly Herbert | News Editor

Campaign map from the New York Times as of 5:00pm EST on Nov. 4. Photo from Carly Herbert.

Unless you have been completely logged off of social media and disconnected from the news for the last couple of months, you know that the 2020 Presidential Election is going down as one of the most influential elections in U.S. history. Last night on Election Day, millions of Americans flocked to their televisions and computer screens to watch as the preliminary results of the 2020 election began to trickle in from across the country.

This year, despite being in the midst of a historic pandemic, voter turnout may be the highest that it has been in American history. According to NBC News, the projected voter turnout is expected to hit right under the 160 million mark, surpassing the roughly 136.6 million votes that were cast four years ago in the 2016 presidential election.

But the race to 270 isn’t finished yet, with mail-in ballots still making their way onto the official counts slowly, but surely. In many states, mail-in ballots can still be received and counted up until as late as Nov. 23 in states like Washington.

This has caused turmoil amongst voters, leaving some to wonder whether or not their votes will be counted and others angry that even though Election Day is over, it’s still too early to announce a winner.

In Virginia, mail-in ballots will be accepted until noon on Nov. 6 and all mail-in ballots that were received after election night will be officially reported the same day.

Americans are still anxiously awaiting the results from some of the most important states to watch during this year’s election including, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Pennsylvania, which has twenty electoral votes, has been one of the most important states to watch during the election this year. Along with Pennsylvania, Wisconsin swing state that is the only other state that isn’t allowed to even beginning counting mail-in ballots until the polls closed on Election Day.

Early in the morning, after a long night of watching results light up states either blue or red across the country, both candidates made a statement on the events of the evening.

President Trump’s message ruffled some feathers.

“We are up BIG,” claimed Trump. “But they are trying to STEAL the election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed.”

This misinformed statement caused uproar amongst news anchors, political correspondents, and not to mention American citizens, but Trump didn’t stop there. He then laid claim that he would be taking a case to the Supreme Court if ballots were counted after Election Night.

On Nov. 4, President Trump made those claims true, filing lawsuits against the states of both Pennsylvania and Michigan. In PA, the Trump campaign is “seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted” according to the Associated Press and Trumps deputy campaign manager, Justin Clark.

Biden bit back at Trump the day after the election on Twitter, tweeting, “To make sure every vote is counted, we’re setting up the largest election protection effort ever assembled, because Donald Trump doesn’t get to decide the outcome of this election — the American people do.”

Biden has been predicted to win swing state Wisconsin as of Wed. afternoon.

"I am here to report when the count is finished,” said Biden.

The next few days -potentially weeks- will have Americans on the edge of their seats until all votes are counted and the official election tally is in. Until then, the only thing Americans can do is wait and see what happens.