By Suzannah Young
When the world woke up on Nov. 4, no one had a sure idea of what the results would be. Still, that didn’t make waiting any easier.
Junior nursing student Jazzonia Walker believes the results took longer than normal because of the complex nature of voting in this election.
“I think just because of all the different ways people could vote this time, the results came in slower,” she said.
In fact, the historic number of mail-in ballots was one of the reasons why ballots were slow to be counted. According to U.S. Elections Project, 65.4 million mail-in ballots were returned in comparison to the 35.9 million in-person votes that were counted across the country for this election.
Mail-in and absentee ballots were a big topic of debate this election season.
As stated in the New York Times, most Democrats chose to eliminate the risk for infection and spreading the disease by voting by mail. A larger number of Republicans chose to attend in-person voting.
This statistic applied differently to Barry students who attend college in a different state than where they are registered. For out-of-state students, voting in person was not an option.
Other issues with mail-in ballots arose as voter fraud and the legitimacy of the U.S. post office came into question.
Dr. Leah Blumenfeld, professor of political science at Barry, notes that mail-in ballots had to be counted according to each state’s rules regarding submission, mailing, and receipt dates.
In the state of Florida, mailed ballots had to be received prior to 7 p.m. on Election Day, except for a 10-day extension granted to overseas voters with a postmark dated on or prior-to the day of the election.
As election votes were still being counted, President Donald Trump opposed the counting of additional mail in-ballots.
For blue voters, while some experts touted a landslide for Biden evidenced by Trump’s campaign focus on states that have been unquestionably red in the past – such as Arizona - the vast majority expected the results to be close and to take several days to come through.
Junior communications student Jaylon Rogers said he was surprised by the election results.
“I knew the results of the election would be delayed, but I was actually expecting Trump to win,” Rogers said. “I was surprised that Biden came out on top.”