Editorial: Counting mail-in ballots is essential for democracy

Voters turned out in high numbers to vote at St. Louis County polling sites Nov. 3. Lines had begun to form as early at 5 a.m., and election agencies predicted the voter turnout would be the largest percentage since 1992. Photos by Elise Wilke-Grimm

The United States has proved to be more fluid in the 2020 election compared to the Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump election race in 2016. 

Historically, the Republican Party relied on Southern and Midwestern states to vote red, while the Democratic Party took the votes of states on the Pacific and Northeastern coast – also known as the “Blue Wall.” 

In 2016, Trump won in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin; in the most recent election, these states have opted to vote blue instead. 

States whose votes are still in question include North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Alaska and – amazingly – Georgia. Georgia has been cemented as a Republican shoo-in for decades; Joe Biden would be the first Democrat who won their votes since 1992.

Nevada voted Clinton in 2016, and seems as though it will remain blue this year. If the votes swing Biden’s way, he will have the 270 votes necessary to proclaim himself as the President of the United States. 

Trump has called into question the reliability of mail-in voting, claiming the mail-in ballots are a Democratic tactic to push him out of office. There is no evidence to support his claim about the inaccuracy of mail-in voting or fraudulent behavior. 

 


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