Despite lawsuits, by hand recounts and claims of election fraud, Biden is the projected winner


Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief

Article Updated: Nov. 20, 2020

For the first week of November, the entire world was sitting on the edge of their seats impatiently awaiting for the projected 2020 presidential results, unlike earlier elections when it was known by the end of the night. The longer delay this year was caused by the significant increase in mailed ballots than previous years. 

When you vote in person, your ballot is scanned directly into a machine that processes your votes. However, for mailed ballots someone has to verify the package has never been opened or tampered with and then verify that the mailed ballot isn’t fake. This could include being votes from a non-existent or deceased voter or an unofficial ballot form. Once the mailed ballot is verified, then the ballots could be entered into the vote recording machine. 

With many voters in previous elections not trusting the mailed ballots system or didn’t know it existed, states usually don’t have very many workers assigned in verifying mailed ballots. In Pennsylvania, a swing state many were watching to see the results from, during the 2016 election there were only approximately 26,000 mailed in ballots. For the 2020 election, there were approximately 260,000. This caused the projected winner of the presidential election results to happen days later rather than at the end of the night of Nov. 3.

Finally, by the first weekend of November, Biden was announced as the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election with, at the time, over 77 million votes and 290 projected electoral votes. Following this announcement, President Trump immediately accused of there being electoral fraud with the mailed ballots. This led to election officials in each state stating there is no evidence of election fraud with mailed ballots or in-person ballots. However, that hasn’t stopped Trump from filing election fraud lawsuits.

Despite election officials not finding evidence of election fraud, Georgia is recounting all presidential votes by hand, which prevented Georgia to be officially called as a win for Trump or Biden. The reasoning behind the recount is that in the state of Georgia, if the margin of victory is less than 0.5 percent, candidates can call for a revote. At the time of announcing the recount, Biden was in the lead of Georgia by over 14,000 votes. Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperge stated at a press conference, “With the margin being so close, it will require a full by hand recount in each county. This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once.” Raffensperge’s announcement comes after President Trump’s campaign pressured for a recount in multiple swing states. Now that Georgia has finished recounting, the state has been called by the Associated Press as a win for Biden with over 12,000 more votes than Trump and no room for doubt.

While North Carolina hasn’t announced a recount, their votes are, like Georgia, at a close margin of victory. The Associated Press has called North Carolina as a win for Trump with over 71,000 votes more than Biden. 

Now with the Associated Press having called each state, Biden is the projected winner with 306 electoral college votes and 51.1% of all votes and Trump having 232 electoral votes and 47.2% of votes.

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