By Amy Enberg
Joe Biden is the 46th President-elect of the United States – or is he? After a drawn-out race, the former Vice President declared the 2020 Presidential Election’s projected winner on November 7th when the race called in his favor in Pennsylvania.
However, the Trump campaign filed numerous lawsuits over the past two weeks, covering everything from poll watchers to mail-in ballot extensions. While judges denied many, a few were granted, including a Pennsylvania suit to disregard ballots with missing voter ID information reconciled after the original November 9th deadline.
As of November 14th, there are outstanding suits in Pennsylvania and Michigan asking the states to hold the certification of their votes until proven that the elections were fair. In Georgia, a recount of the 5 million votes cast in the state has begun, while in Wisconsin, a recount is possible after all of the state’s counties certify their votes.
President Trump has also tweeted about the Dominion election software switching votes cast for himself to votes for Joe Biden, but Dominion Voting has disputed those claims. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a joint statement stating that this election was “the most secure in American history” and “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Though voter fraud claims, ongoing lawsuits, and recounts abound, Joe Biden is still focusing on his transition to the Oval Office. Yet an issue remains – as long as President Trump does not concede the election, Biden does not have access to national security and intelligence briefings that would prepare him to lead the country, something that both Democrats and Republicans agree on a threat to the United States’ safety.
According to the Biden-Harris transition website, the projected President- and Vice President-elect will prioritize COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. Joe Biden tweeted on November 7th, “I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. / Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but the United States. / And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.”
Hopefully, the lawsuits and recounts will settle sometime soon, allowing the nation to look forward to the next four years. Regardless of an individual’s opinions on the role of voter fraud and the legitimacy of the elections, one thing we can agree upon: Americans need closure.